Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Baloney, Henry. P.

I love the book, "Baloney (Henry P.)" by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith.  It is so awesome for teaching context clues and working out unknown vocabulary in context.  It is also great for introducing the high yield active comprehension strategies and the 4H reading strategy.

You can view a YouTube reading of the book here or here.  I Love to Teach has an excellent blog post about it here and in this blog post, Belinda also provides a template so that students can make their own alien and create an additional excuse for why Baloney was late for school.  Mrs Whitehurst also shares how she has used Baloney for teaching context clues in her blog post here.

I am just loving the Reading Comprehension Lessons website and they provide lessons that support the teaching of the high yield active comprehension strategies, using Baloney.  You can view a YouTube clip about it here. This is a terrific resource for teachers new to explicit reading comprehension strategy instruction.  Or find out more about the books that lessons have been planned for already (and pick up free samples) here.
There are heaps of freebies on TPT if you are focusing purely on vocabulary within the text and the use of context clues.  One example is here from Pinter's Potpourri and here's some other ideas from All Things Nice.

I am actually loving this pdf for ideas for mentor texts to teach different literacy skills and strategies.

I have created an original resource that scaffolds the introduction of the high yield active comprehension strategies, the 4H reading strategy, task cards for reading response, QR code task cards for vocabulary and a writing prompt.

You can view it and find out more by clicking on the image below:  

I will send a free copy to the first reader to leave a comment in the comment box below with their email never know, I might bless others too, so please leave comments below about whether you have used this book in your class and what you have done with it :)

Have a great week everyone!


  1. I've never read this book but it sounds interesting!

  2. Hi there - it's a great book! I will send you a copy of the resource now. Kylie

  3. Brilliant, as always! Thank you for continuing to provide excellent classroom resources!!

  4. Thank you so much for your lovely feedback Joy :)