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If I Built a House

Last updated Monday, November 6, 2017

Author: Chris Van Dusen
Date of Publication: 2012
ISBN: 0803737513
Grade Level: Kindergarten    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Nov. 2017

Synopsis: In If I Built a Car, imaginative Jack dreamed up a whimsical fantasy ride that could do just about anything. Now he's back and ready to build the house of his dreams, complete with a racetrack, flying room, and gigantic slide. Jack's limitless creativity and infectious enthusiasm will inspire budding young inventors to imagine their own fantastical designs.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  If you could build a house, what would it look like?

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•  form - the visible shape or configuration of something.
•  spool - a cylindrical device on which film, magnetic tape, thread, or other flexible materials can be wound.
•  nifty - particularly good, skillful, or effective.

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Why did Jack want to design a new house?
•  What is your favorite part in the house Jack wants to build?
•  What is your favorite room in your own house? In Jack's house?
•  What items does Jack use to build a model of his house? What would you use - Legos, cardboard, craft sticks?
•  What do you think Jack's mom thought of his ideas for a house?

Craft ideas:
•  Draw or make the outside of a house using cut-out shapes - triangles, squares, rectangles, circles. On the other side of the page, make the inside of a house with rooms, furniture, toys, etc.
•  Draw a futuristic house in an unusual shape, like on the inside cover of the book. Write some words to describe the house.
•  Check our craft ideas for on Pinterest!

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!