Math with Mo Willems Book Characters and a Writing Freebie

Mo Willems is one of my all-time favourite authors. That's right, I am not even going to qualify that with a "children's author". I love the characters, the illustrations, the humour but most of all I love that every student I have ever introduced to his books has fallen in love with them, clamoured to read them and laughed out loud!!

This year we did some of my favourite activities and  I added a few new things to our Mo Willems author study.

We learned how to draw Pigeon, Duckling, Piggie and Gerald. There are soooo many videos and resources online (click on the characters to go to the resource I use). They are simple and the students feel like super illustrators We use our talents to create "Keith Harring" inspired art using motion lines.

This year when we were writing our persuasive arguments for or against letting Pigeon drive the bus we made ourselves into bus drivers (so we had a deeper understanding of the issues of course!). We used a police officer hat template with a bus driver emblem (used this freebie  - modified to bus driver!!). We also made official badges for each bus inserting this picture onto labels and writing their names (feel free to click and save a copy of the picture to do the same).

At the end of the unit we had a "Hot Dog Party"!!

Our cafe was like all the best restaurants and had paper you could draw on covering the tables. We used this paper to draw and write about our favourite books.

Then we used our cafe menu to place orders. Students found their total then represented the amount using class coins. At lunch their orders were filled!!

After lunch we read "Should I Share My Ice Cream?" then students had to try and persuade me to share my ice cream. Click here for a copy of the writing template.

Throughout our unit we solved math problems using the incredible characters in Mo Willems' books. We started the unit by working on some problems together. Then I made each student a "Math with Mo" book. Some of the problems were open ended, you know the ones that use that word "could", the word some students dread because it means there is more than one answer and other students love because it means were are going to get to prove our thinking! But every problem had instant engagement since we love, love, love these characters. Here a few problems we worked out....

If you want to add some math to your Mo Willems author study you can check out the resource here. There are 30 problems, they come in a colour version to project and 2 black and white options (full and half page) to print for students. The resource also includes our Pigeon Cafe menu and an Ice Cream Shoppe menu for an end of the unit celebration!

I would love to hear what you do during a Mo Willems author study!!

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