What it is: Isn’t it great when author’s have websites as enchanting as their books? Mo Willem’s has a collection of wonderful websites starring his characters including my favorite, the Pigeon. On the Pigeon Presents website, your students will find fun games starring their favorite characters. They can learn more about Mo Willem’s books, meet the characters he has created, and even watch video interviews where he talks about his love of writing and illustrating. In the teacher’s section of the site, you will find printable posters for your classroom. On the Go Mo! site students will find Cat and her friends. Here students can play games, learn animal sounds, color online, and see Cat the cat’s gallery. Here students can see pictures that other students have drawn of cat and even submit their own. My favorite discovery of all: Mo Willem’s Pigeon has a Twitter account!
How to integrate Mo Willem’s Websites into your curriculum: If you are a Mo Willem’s fan like I am, you will be thrilled to introduce your students to his site starring his characters. Mo Willem’s has been a Caldecott Award honor for several of his books. His first, in 2004, was Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. I used this book to teach my younger students about the Caldecott award, and to help them identify shapes. Since I was in the computer lab, I taught my students to draw the pigeon using computer drawing applications. This was a great way for my students to learn how to use digital drawing tools, while creating Caldecott worthy results. The students pigeon’s always turned out fantastic and looked so much like the original that the kids felt like they too could be Caldecott honorees. If you are interested in my lesson, you can purchase it here. Mo Willem’s collection of websites would be a great tie-in to the drawing lesson and help students connect to their favorite characters.
Tips: The videos on the Pigeon Presents Get to Know Mo page are really well done and will give students and inside look at how author’s develop characters.
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