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Eraser



Last updated Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Author: Anna Kang
Illustrator: Christopher Weyant
Date of Publication: 2018
ISBN: 1503902587
Grade Level: 1st    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Sep. 2020

Synopsis: Eraser is always cleaning up everyone else’s mistakes. Except for Ruler and Pencil Sharpener, none of the other school supplies seem to appreciate her. They all love how sharp Pencil is and how Tape and Glue help everyone stick together. Eraser wants to create so that she can shine like the others. She decides to give it a try, but it’s not until the rubber meets the road that Eraser begins to understand a whole lot about herself.

Note to readers:
•  While reading the book, ask the kids to find pictures they would use an eraser on (e.g. 5 + 4 = 11). Also, ask kids to point out items used differently (e.g. tissue box as cafeteria table).

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  When do you like to use an eraser?
•  What other school and craft supplies do you like to use? What is your favorite?

Vocabulary

•  sharp - (adjective) having an edge or point that is able to cut or pierce something; person who is quick to notice, hear, understand, or react to things.
•  cobalt - the color blue.
•  creative - relating to or involving the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work.
•  clogged - blocked so that little or nothing can pass through.
•  sheaf - a number of papers held or fastened together.
•  bonkers - very enthusiastic; silly; crazy

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Why did Scissors say she never runs?
•  Do you think the others were fair to Eraser?
•  Why did the others not want Eraser to participate in the science fair?
•  Why were the First Draft papers happy to see Eraser?
•  Can you think of other uses for Eraser? A ruler? Paper? (color on, write on, fold)

Craft ideas:
•  Draw a picture with pencil, then erase part of it to make a different picture. (e.g. draw a colored-in circle, erase the middle to make a donut, then add cut up "sprinkles" or other colorful decorations)
•  Check our craft ideas on Pinterest!
https://www.pinterest.com/readingtokids/september-2020-back-to-school-fun/

*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!