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"Read I'M BORED to children's choir last evening. They have never, ever laughed aloud so much! Reading Success!" - Twitter post by Marjorie Bowman


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Also see: Tips and Activities For Young Writers

Set up a display of books reflecting the themes in “I’m Bored” (eg. Other books about children playing, books about using imagination, non-fiction books on vegetables or birds).

Discuss how the text is set up in “I’m Bored”. Why do the writer/illustrator set up the words the way they do? What feeling are they trying to bring out for the reader? Have you seen any other books where the words aren’t just in straight lines? Have the students create another page that would fit in the book (on the topic of why kids aren’t boring) drawing both words and pictures in creative ways.

PIGS IN THE MUD author Lynn Plourde has a wonderful video and blog post that shows how students can do "story add-ons" using I'M BORED and other picture books:


(click on any image to get a print-ready PDF)



Thanks to Allison Durno for help with these curriculum pages.