The Secret Knowledge of Grown Ups: A Classroom Read Aloud

Ahhhh holiday Monday? Yes Please! Where I live in Ontario, Canada, we have a holiday today called "Family Day". It's a nice way to break up the dreary month of February.  We did a little tobogganing in our homemade luge track, baked some cookies and watched a movie!

The kids are currently snuggled up with my hubby reading a book so this is a perfect time for me to write about one of my favorite read aloud books.

"The Secret Knowledge of Grown Ups" by David Wisniewski is such a riot to read to students. They get so in to the book! Last year I had my class convinced that this book was actually real!

The book takes simple grown up rules like, "Eat your veggies or you won't get to be big and strong" and creates an alternate secret reason for why grown ups actually want you to do things. It's quite humorous and lends itself to some great writing activities as well.  Click on the image above to read more about this book.

After reading the book I have my students create their own secret rules in their writer's notebooks. Then we share them as a class.

I always have a coworker enter the room (set up prior to the lesson) as we are reading both the book and the student rules after and we make a big deal of being secretive about what we are doing. I have the teacher really probe the students to find out what they are writing about and the students get a great kick out of getting to be top secret!

I hope your students enjoy this book as much as mine!

Well, gotta take those cookies out of the oven and enjoy some more Family Day time.

I'm linking up with Paula's Place for Story Book Sunday...even though it's Monday and also Teaching Maddeness for Must Read Monday

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  1. What a cute book!! I love the culminating activity you do with them...I am sure you get some really cute rules and reasons behind the rule.
    Mrs. Saunders' Lovelies

  2. I used to LOVE using this as a mentor text with my grade 5s! They came up with such great rules! Drive safely in the morning... sounds like it isn't going to be nice. Snow Day, perhaps?! ;)

    Mrs. Beattie's Classroom

  3. What a great book! Thanks for sharing! I'm always looking for great mentor texts!

  4. Thank you for sharing! I just ordered this book! Can't wait to read!


  5. Thanks for linking up - a great text
    Paula from Paula’s Place and iSURF Maths

  6. I LOVE this book, but haven't had it out in awhile! Thanks for the reminder. :)

    Teaching Momster

  7. I want this book NOW!! Thanks for sharing. It is officially in my Amazon cart. I can't wait to read it myself!

  8. Hi Heidi! Love the idea of "family day" - wish we had that here in the U.S. We've been to Ontario once in the summer.. it's beautiful.

    I'm having my first link-up.. the theme is "teacher outfits". Stop by if you get a chance!