Tops and Bottoms - Janet Stevens

Discussion in 'Elementary Education Archives' started by Schuyler, Apr 10, 2007.

  1. Schuyler

    Schuyler Comrade

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2006
    Messages:
    276
    Likes Received:
    0

    Apr 10, 2007

    Has anyone used this book in the classroom? I'm just wondering what sort of quick, follow-up activities might go along with it? I'm particularly interested in the economics angle (supply/demand), character ed. and the science angle (vegetables, using natural resources). TIA!
     
  2.  
  3. czacza

    czacza Multitudinous

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2001
    Messages:
    22,754
    Likes Received:
    343

    Apr 10, 2007

    I love this book and read it when we do our plant unit. Not sure about the economics angle (I see it as more of a cleverness thing on the part of the rabbit not a supply and demand thing...) but you could do great character study stuff with it....
     
  4. Mamacita

    Mamacita Aficionado

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2004
    Messages:
    3,322
    Likes Received:
    2

    Apr 10, 2007

    You all might want to be careful about displaying this book because of its title; "Tops" and "Bottoms" are a reference to the gay lifestyle, and these days, people are on the lookout for just about anything to get a teacher in trouble.
     
  5. MrsC

    MrsC Multitudinous

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2005
    Messages:
    12,255
    Likes Received:
    176

    Apr 11, 2007

    That's why I love this place--I learn something new every day! (The reference to gay lifestyle I mean, not trying to get a teacher into trouble--I know about that only too well.)
     
  6. ctopher

    ctopher Comrade

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2005
    Messages:
    386
    Likes Received:
    0

    Apr 11, 2007

    If someone is going to "get me" because of the title of a children's book I had no control over then let them. They obviously need something to do.

    I use this book every year with my second graders as part of a rabbit unit. We also read the original Peter Rabbit and Tortoise and the Hare. We do a lot of character study with Tops and Bottoms. Students brainstorm ways that Bear could trick Hare, they pretend that they are Bear and talk about how they might feel after being tricked. Students write about if they are more like Hare or Bear and why. This is a great story to have students act out too!
     
  7. czacza

    czacza Multitudinous

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2001
    Messages:
    22,754
    Likes Received:
    343

    Apr 12, 2007


    OMG- this book is so innocuous!! Anyone who saw its cute adorable cover would know immediately it was appropriate for elementary. Please!! Some schools advocate reading 'Heather has 2 mommies'. I don't think reading a book about a cleaver rabbit who tricks a lazy bear out of produce is going to raise any eyebrows!!!!! It's a Caldecott Honor book for crimey's sake!!!!


    http://www.amazon.com/Tops-Bottoms-Caldecott-Honor-Book/dp/0152928510
     
  8. 2ndgradebluejay

    2ndgradebluejay Rookie

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2006
    Messages:
    48
    Likes Received:
    0

    Apr 12, 2007

    Great book when you are reading various trickster tales.
     
  9. Mamacita

    Mamacita Aficionado

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2004
    Messages:
    3,322
    Likes Received:
    2

    Apr 12, 2007

    It all boils down to how smart your principal and administrators are. I was written up for teaching "homophones" because, to the principal, any word with "homo" in it could only mean one thing. The teacher next door to me was written up for having a copy of "Joy in the Morning" in her bookshelf. Apparently there's a porn movie by that title. This problem is probably more prevalent in the upper grades. But "Tops" and "Bottoms" is a pretty blatant description. I know the little children's book is innocent and cute. I'm just saying that people can be pretty stupid sometimes in their judgments. Generally, it's people who don't even bother to look inside the book. (Witness all the Harry Potter haters who've never so much as cracked one of the books open!!!)
     
  10. teacherintexas

    teacherintexas Phenom

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2005
    Messages:
    4,196
    Likes Received:
    142

    Apr 13, 2007

    This story is in a third grade Scott Foreman reading series. I can't remember which one it is, but I'm sure there are some ideas in the teacher's edition.
     
  11. prettyinpink

    prettyinpink Rookie

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2007
    Messages:
    77
    Likes Received:
    0

    Apr 13, 2007

    i used this book when we were working on community workers...it was a good way to intro the different kids of jobs that people might do
     
  12. czacza

    czacza Multitudinous

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2001
    Messages:
    22,754
    Likes Received:
    343

    Apr 13, 2007

     
  13. Mamacita

    Mamacita Aficionado

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2004
    Messages:
    3,322
    Likes Received:
    2

    Apr 13, 2007

    I did before I walked out and slammed the door behind me.
     

Share This Page

Members Online Now

  1. Obadiah,
  2. MrsC,
  3. jadorelafrance,
  4. MLB711
Total: 308 (members: 6, guests: 208, robots: 94)
test