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Introduce the Caldecott Medal to your students with these print and digital activities.

Print Activities
  • One page reading comprehension sheet that gives a brief introduction of the award with 4 comprehension questions.
  • Mock Caldecott ballot, ballot sheet, and a graphic organizer/poster for students to describe the winning book.
  • Graphic organizers for 14 of the Caldecott Medal and Honor books.
  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (2 different ones)
  • Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds
  • Adventures of Beekle by Dan Santant
  • Swimmy by Leo Lionni
  • Make Way for Ducklings Robert McCloskey
  • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
  • Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens
  • Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak
  • Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
  • Finding Winnie by Lindsay Mattick
  • This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
  • Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena
  • Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell (2 different ones)
  • Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka (This worksheet can be used for any wordless
  • picture book. I included one page with a dog and ball on it and one “generic”
  • one.)
Digital Activities
  • Editable PowerPoint Introduction
  • Editable Google Slides Introduction
  • Reading comprehension slide with 4 questions to check for comprehension. Students will need to add text boxes to answer.
  • Mock Caldecott ballot
  • Students will use the slides to give their opinions on the books you have chosen for the mock Caldecott. There are 5 slides. Each slide is identical, with just a different color scheme.
  • There is a slide for students to enter the scores they gave for each book. The last slide is an “introduce the winner” slide.
  • Students will need to type on all the slides to complete the activity. I am including 2 identical Google slide files for the ballots. One has text boxes already inserted for students and the other one does not.
Notes on the PowerPoint and Google Slides
This PowerPoint gives a brief overview of the Caldecott Medal and also lists some past winners. Legally I am not allowed to include any images of the Caldecott Award or use any book covers from any of the winners. For this reason, the PowerPoint only has text. (There is an image of a gold medal on the first slide, but it is an image that is free to use for any purpose). You may edit any part of the PowerPoint (except the background). You may edit the text, add your own, add any images or pictures that you would like, add or delete slides. I used two fonts in the file and embedded them. This means that you can use the same font on all the slides and you do not have to download them to your computer.



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