LMNO Peas by Keith Baker – Not Your Average Alphabet Book

LMNO Peas by Keith Baker is the perfect alphabet book to use with your kindergarten and first grade students. As an added bonus – this simply story about peas gets students thinking about more than just their ABC’s!
This has to be one of the most adorable alphabet books I’ve seen. Who doesn’t love a story told by peas? Each letter of the alphabet is beautifully illustrated using peas – alphabet peas – going about their business in a variety of career and life pursuits. For example, letter B peas are builders, bathers, and bikers. Did I mention some of the peas are wearing hats? It’s almost too much.

One of the best parts about this alphabet book – besides the peas, of course – is the fact that you can get two lessons out of one book! Score! Naturally, you can use it to practice the ABC’s and alphabet sounds. But if you’re loving this book like I am, it also works wonderfully as an about me activity where students have the opportunity to think about their dreams, goals, and ambitions for the future.

We’re unique - one of my favorite pages and illustrations from LMNO Peas by Keith Baker.

“We are peas from A to Z. Now tell us, please...” The last page of the story offers up a question: Who Are You?

What a perfect springboard into a “getting to know me” writing activity! Click the image below to download this handy writing prompt freebie! Give students time to think and write about a future “pea persona” they see themselves taking on. Then, students illustrate their blank pea accordingly.

Have students share their writing, or turn the finished pages into a class book! You could even take the extra step and make a class alphabet book. Assign each student a different letter of the alphabet to use for his or her page. Another added bonus – you have a brilliant read-aloud book for after lunch.

Have you all noticed that there seems to be a lot of lessons and activities starring these funny, little green “peas” floating around lately? Do you use anything related to “peas” in your classroom?

Happy teaching!

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