May 14, 2013

Don't Let the Pigeon....

I've got them this time...they fell hook-line-sinker! My whole class is head*over*heels in l-o-v-e with The Pigeon! He's funny, definitely silly, quirky, and very demanding. A great fit for firsties. If you haven't read these books you better run...and I mean fast to your library and check them out people!{I feel a little bossy, but even I love these books.} I picked one up last year and the next thing I knew...I owned every single last one.
In these hilarious books by Mo Willems, The Pigeon wants many different things. These books are perfect for teaching needs and wants, plus they put a fun twist on it as well!
I read every single book, yes all 4 in one sitting. I know what your thinking...."First graders sat still and were engaged for that long??" YES!  

They help me list the things The Pigeon wanted from the books and the things we figured he needed to survive (I went back and drew pictures later).
They had me reread ALL the books again the next day (they have a "kidmance"----my take on "bromance"----- with these books).  Then comes the BEST part! They got to write their own "Don't Let The Pigeon....." books. They were in pigeon would like I was having a pigeon party they were so excited. This made the teacher in me melt!

Their books blew me away! They were so stinkin' creative! Here's some of their creations:
Don't Let the Pigeon Eat Candy
Don't Let the Pigeon Eat a Mean
Don't Let the Pigeon Dress Up
Don't Let the Pigeon be President
Don't Let the Pigeon Make a Pizza
They had the *best* time sharing these with their classmates. We even put them in our classroom library!If you have any spare time at all, please read these books to your kids. I promise you won't regret it!



  1. Mo Willems is my FAVORITE author! And YES! I totally believe they sat there for all 4 books. My kids did the same at the beginning of the year when I introduce my favorite author. They are still checking his books out from our library every week!! I might have to try our hand at writing Pigeon books. They would love it. Great job friend!

    Flying High in First Grade

  2. OMG!!! I LOVE these ideas!! I love, love, love the pigeon books and read them every year to my firsties. You're right, they're awesome and the kids love them! I never thought of using them for wants and needs...great idea! Thanks for sharing!

    Teacher at the Wheel

  3. Love the student artwork. Did they yell out "NO!" every time the pigeon asked to drive the bus? Every group I have read this book to reacts the same way.
    Have a great week.

    School Is a Happy Place

  4. I love Mo Willems and so do my first graders! The class I help out in has 2 Mo books. I'm in there for Readers Workshop and I think they have been read to me more times than any other book this year! :)

    Fashion Craze Learning Days

  5. Such a cute blog!! I especially L-O-V-E the way you did a needs/wants lesson with Mo Willems Pigeon books!! I'm a Mo Willems lover ALL the way, especially the Piggie and Elephant books! I also teach in Texas, just in 2nd, not first! :) I'm your newest follower! :)

    Surviving the Little People