Kindergarten ABC Book

ABC Kindergarten Example

This summer I am presenting at the Michigan Art Education Association Summer Professional Development at Western Michigan University on August 5-6th.   I have developed a scrapbook style ABC book for kindergarten students.  For the last two years we have made these amazing books in my classroom.  Think of all the types of 2D art making.  Now, add in other academic areas that connect to the arts.  That’s what in the book.   I go over art vocabulary and other foundational skills for kindergarten students.  We will be making our own books as examples.  These are just wonderful and the kindergarten parents just love them!

Click here register for my workshop or click on the PDF to your right.  MAEA-WMU_Summer2011_PD_Institute-Catalog

Hope to see you there!

-Mrs. Berry

To Smile or Not to Smile?

I am trying the first free website ( through the 30 day teacher challenge.  If you click the link you will be directed to the challenge with directions for this program.  The program is pretty self-explanatory and it does not take too long to figure out the ins and outs.


  • Once you have your wall address you cannot go back and change that part.
  • Title picture needs to be kept small if you upload your own image.

As a part of my curriculum my seventh grade students need to ask/generate questions about artwork (Mona Lisa).  I also want my students to be able to use online technology to do this.  I thought I would have students try this instead of using paper to record their questions (trying to save the earth and my budget). This way each student could also see their classmates’ questions. I set up the page to have their questions come to my school email because I want to monitor their questions.  I will also be able to assess their questions this way.

Here is an example of what my students will be working with.  I picked the denim background because it is the same as the bulletin board background that I use in my classroom.

Questions About Art from Wallwisher

 Two other ways that this could be used in the classroom

  • I would also use this like a word wall where students could post their own descriptive art words that they think of during the course of the year.
  • I would also use this for students to find images that could go along with a particular element of art or principles of design.


Mrs. Berry

ABC’s of Alphabet Book Content Analysis

A is for apple. B is for Ball. C is for Cat. And the list goes on. How do we pick an ABC book that can work in our classrooms?

I am studying this topic because I am in search for alphabet books that could be used with the kindergarten ABC book project.  The ABC book project is a collaborative project with kindergarten classroom teachers.  Students listen to stories or song based on a topic related to a particular letter in my art class.  Students then create their own art page using an art technique based off of a particular letter.  What I am looking for are books that are a blend of the alphabet, visual arts, and relatable to kindergarten students.

This topic is pertinent to K-8 education because the alphabet is a foundational piece in reading.  McGill-Franzen states, “Reading comprehension develops in kindergarten but lags far below listening comprehension” (p. 20).  Mc-Gill goes on to explain that students really don’t get reading comprehension until 7th or 8th grade (p. 20).  If students don’t have the foundation in place in kindergarten they will fall further and further behind their classmates as the years go on.  By giving all students exposure to the alphabet through alphabet books students will be given equal opportunity in my class.  My kindergarten students are not only getting exposure to each alphabet letter in my class they are also building an art foundation.

Alphabet books interest me because when my daughter (Tabitha) was born I sang to her the ABC song as a lullaby on the day she was born. I would read ABC books to her all the time.  She is now in second grade and she loves to read. One summer, my daughter and I created our own ABC book for her filled with her ideas.  I thought that maybe it would be nifty to have my students then write their own ABC book like I did with my daughter.  I now have a one year old and we read a lot of ABC books.  She really likes her books.  This topic is near and dear to me and relates to my teaching.

Book List

A.      A B C: A child’s First Alphabet Book by Alison Jay (2003)

B. Creature by Andrew Zuckerman (2009)

C.      A Fabulous Fair Alphabet by Debra Frasier (2010)

D.      Alphabetter by Dan Bar-el and Granham Ross (2007)

E.      AlphaOpps! The Day Z Went first by Alethea Kontis (2006)

F. The Sleepy Little Alphabet by Judy Sierra (2009)

G.      A is for Zebra: A Happy Ending On Every Page! By Mark Shulman (2006)

H.      G is for Goat by Patricia Polacco (2006)

H.      B is for Bookworm: A library Alphabet by Anita C. Prieto (2007)

J. T is for Teachers: A school Alphabet by Steven l. Layne and Deborah Dover Layne (2005)

K.    Alphabeep: A Zipping, Zooming ABC by Debora Pearson (2006)

L.   The Alphabet from A to Y with Bonus Letter Z! by Steve Martin (2007)

M.   Xavier and the Letter X: Alphabet Friends (2003)

N.   Kindergarten ABC by Jacqueline Rogers (2003)

O.   Z is for Zamboni by Matt Napier (2002)

P. G is for One Gzonk! An Alpha-Numbr-Bet Book by Tiny Diterlooney (2006)

Q.   The Bouncing, Dancing, Galloping ABC by Charlotte Doyle (2006)

R.   Museum ABC by The Metropolitan Museum of Art (2002)

S.   A is for Artist: An alphabet by Ella Doran (2005)

T. LMNO peas by Keith Baker (2010)

U. Little Bird’s ABC by Piet Grobler (2005)

V.   P is for Peanut: A photographic ABC by Lisa Gelber and Jody Roberts (2007)

W. A is for Art: An Abstract Alphabet by Stephen T. Johnson (2008)

X.   Alphabeasties: and other amazing types by Sharon Werner (2009)

(Note: Y and Z were up late in a Yo-Yo contest and still catching up on some Z’s.  They didn’t make it in today.)

Mc-Gill-Franzen, A. (2006). Kindergarten literacy: Matching assessment and instruction in kindergarten.New York, NY: Scholastic Inc.

-Mrs. Berry

To be continued ……….

Self-Portraits and Frida Kahlo

When working with students and creating self-portraits I read a couple of different books about Frida Kahlo based on the age of my students.  Every year, I have my art students create self-portraits, each level does something a bit different.  I want my students to be able to draw accurately and know a little bit of history with self-portraits.  The focus artist that I picked to go along with this unit is Frida Kahlo.  I love her work; it’s very distinct and different.  Kahlo’s work can be graphic so the problem is picking books, poems, and images that are grade level appropriate.

These are some of the books that I use with my students.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Frida by Johan Winter and illustrated by Ana Juan I read this book to first and second grade students because the story gives a little bit of history about Kahlo.  I also like the images because they reflect Kahlo’s work without the graphic nature of her work.  While reading the story I do tell the students that the page with the volcano is how she feels and there really wasn’t a volcano during the bus accident.

I Love My Hair by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley and illustrated by E.B. Lewis This book is new to my lesson this year with my first and second grade students.  I am adding this book because we will be adding textured yarn for hair.

Frida by Camen T. Bernier-Grand This book is a book of poems about Kahlo’s life.  What I love about this book is the use of Frida Kahlo’s paintings. Because Kahlo’s painting and her life are not elementary or even high school student friendly sections of the book do need to be censored for a school setting.  At the end of the book lists a chronology of Frida’s life.  There is also a glossary and sources page. I have read several of poems (student friendly) to my students. My third grade students wanted me to continue to read more of the poems. They were sad when I stopped.  The poems seem to be written as if Frida Kahlo was speaking to the reader.  This book is very intriguing.

If you would like the lesson plan that I use for this unit please click on my Self-Portrait Prezi.  I have also included a link on my side bar of this blog.

“There is nothing more precious than laughter.  It is strength to laugh and lose oneself.” Frida Kahlo

-Mrs. Berry

%d bloggers like this: