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Thank You, Omu!
Thank You, Omu! | Oge Mora
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In this remarkable author-illustrator debut that's perfect for fans of Last Stop on Market Street and Extra Yarn as well as for the Thanksgiving season, a generous woman is rewarded by her community. Everyone in the neighborhood dreams of a taste of Omu's delicious stew! One by one, they follow their noses toward the scrumptious scent. And one by one, Omu offers a portion of her meal. Soon the pot is empty. Has she been so generous that she has nothing left for herself? Debut author-illustrator Oge Mora brings to life a heartwarming story of sharing and community in colorful cut-paper designs as luscious as Omu's stew, with an extra serving of love. An author's note explains that "Omu" (pronounced AH-moo) means "queen" in the Igbo language of her parents, but growing up, she used it to mean "Grandma." This book was inspired by the strong female role models in Oge Mora's life.
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keetoncarter
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What brings you to my home?

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keetoncarter
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A sharable classroom story about being kind

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keetoncarter
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Thank you, Omu! is a caldecott winner. I absolutley loved the art in this book. It reminded me of something from my past and threw me back into being a kid. The art is much different and is deserving of its reward

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DrSpalding
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In honor of the 2019 book selection, Thank You, Omu! We provided our last read for the record opportunity at Lake Howell high school this morning. We presented and shared ideas related to this wonderful book about community and sharing with over 100 high school students that are currently teaching pre-K classes.❤️📚

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Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora is a Ezra Jack Keats, Caledecott and Coretta Scott King book award winner. This RF picture book is an amazing story about a Omu and her bowl of stew. This book has an amazing message about sharing that I think would be wonderful for a RA! Discussion questions for this book can be found here: https://thestorybooklady.com/thank-you-omu/

GroeningsC UDL: 7.2, by asking questions that connect the book to the students lives.
ESOL: 22, when asking discussion questions be sure to allow enough wait time for English learners.
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CPettersen I also had this book. I like the UDL you linked to this book. I think this would be a wonderful story to have children connect to their own lives. (edited) 1mo
TristanPool I‘m really interested in reading “Thank You, Omu!” The message is enlightening and such a great way to connect a classroom community. 1mo
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alexblanco I loved this book so much! Your UDL principle aligns really well with the book. 1mo
Alexush I‘ve heard a lot of great things about this book! I definitely want to read it now! 1mo
DrSpalding As you experienced, this does make for a powerful read aloud and this message is one that you want to present to students in your classroom! 14h
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Jewelwinkler
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Thank You Omu! (RF) by Oge Mora shows the importance of community. I got a chance to read this book at read for the record this year and the children loved it. I would have children read this with a partner. The UDL guideline I would use is 8.3 and 8.1 and the ESOL strategy I would use is number 20. https://growingbookbybook.com/thank-you-omu-activities/ shows you different activities you can use with this book.

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maciforster
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This is RF book is by Oge Mora. It is about when Omu makes an amazing stew for dinner everyone starts smelling it and asks her for a taste. There is a wide range of people who come to her from a little boy to a hot dog vender. After Omu gives everyone a taste, there is none left for her. So everyone gives a sweet surprise at the end! It also won the Caldecott. #ucflae3414f19

maciforster This book would be great for a RA as it teaches about community and gratitude. This website has a great idea that you can do with the children as well: https://happilyeverelephants.com/home/2018/11/20/thank-you-omu-by-oge-mora 1mo
maciforster It pairs with UDL principle 3.1 and EL strategy #24 as you can learn about gratitude from other cultures and activate a child‘s background knowledge of what they should already know 1mo
kgarzon This was a beautifully illustrated book, perfect for a RA! I definitely need to get it for my classroom. 1mo
DrSpalding There are so many wonderful ways to share this book and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it aloud! This is quality realistic fiction. 4d
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alexblanco
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Thank You, Omu is a great realistic fiction book written and illustrated by Oge Mora. It won the Caldecott Award also which is awesome! I loved reading this book in class so much that I decided to buy it! It‘s about Omu who cooks stew and gives it to everyone who knocks on her door and asks for some until she runs out. They were so thankful for her sharing her stew with them that they brought her food.

alexblanco It‘s such a good book because it‘s about sharing, coming together and spreading kindness. #ucflae3414f19 one UDL strategy I‘d incorporate would be to highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships. I think that‘s important for this book because it covers so much of it! A teaching strategy I would use would be RA because as a teacher, I could be able to read it in a way that would really get the point across to kids. 1mo
alexblanco An ESOL strategy I‘d use is to encourage the use of diagrams and drawings aids to identify concepts and seeing relationships. My website resource is this super fun lesson plan https://growingbookbybook.com/thank-you-omu-activities/. It‘s a great way to teach kids about letter and sound identification. 1mo
DrSpalding We need books that promote sharing, working together and kindness. Good choice as this could be a book you read aloud as a reminder of these characteristics or as an introduction to the positive classroom environment that you want to have! 14h
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This RF book written and illustrated by Oge Mora is a Cadellcott Award winner. This book tells the story of Omu, which means queen in Igbo, and how her stew makes the whole community come together. # ucflae3414f19

Lrobertson This book is a great book for RA! It is all about community, being grateful, and being kind! This is a great resource for this book https://www.rif.org/literacy-central/book/thank-you-omu UDL 2.1: Clarify vocabulary and symbols and ESOL Strategy 4: Link lesson topic to students‘ prior knowledge 1mo
DrSpalding I love that you selected this book and used a high-quality resource. Explain a bit more how your universal design and English learner strategies align. 1w
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Jgolub13
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This RF book tells the story of what kindness can bring. It is written and illustrated by Oge Mora, and she won a Caldecott Medal for her fantastic illustrations. A sweet old grandmother makes a big pot of soup for dinner. When many townspeople smell the soup they want to try it, and as a kind person would do the grandmother shares. What happens when she runs out of the soup before she can try it? #ucflae3414f19

Jgolub13 This book does such a fantastic job of showing the importance of kindness that I think that UDL strategy 9.1 “Promote expectations and beliefs that optimize motivation.“ fits this book perfect. This is also the perfect book for ESOL strategy #24 Incorporate the culture and the language of second language learners in your curriculum. This book is published in Spanish, and is very easy to get your hands on a Spanish copy. 1mo
Jgolub13 This lesson has many different activities for students. I like the one about stirring the pot in particular. It is a lesson where students stir a pot full of letters. They then have to pull letters to make words. https://growingbookbybook.com/thank-you-omu-activities/ 1mo
DrSpalding Justin your posts are thorough and your lessons align beautifully with your universal design and English learner strategies. Very impressive. 1w
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#ucflae3414f19 Thank You, Omu by Oge Mora is a RF book that would be great to be read as a RA. This book tells a story of grandmother who opens her heart to the world and begins to share this delicious soup with everyone. But when she runs out, what would she possibly do? Through this RA, you can teach students the kindness of sharing.

Erinehart The UDL strategy that would fit this book perfectly is 9.1 “Promote expectations and beliefs that optimize motivation.“ Each student could all state what their idea of kindness is.
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Erinehart The ESOL that I would use for this book is #5 “Teach technical vocabulary supporting key concepts.“. Doing so, you will keep the students engaged while making sure they are understanding the content which is important. 1mo
Erinehart https://happilyeverelephants.com/home/2018/11/20/thank-you-omu-by-oge-mora
This would be a great resource for this book. It gives a few different activities to have the students participate in.
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AleciaM This was a great book about how a community comes together to help each other. 1mo
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CPettersen
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Thank you, Omu by Oge Mora is a wholesome story of Omu, who made a thick red stew and decided to share it with the people who come to her door. When she runs out of stew, what is she to do? This book would be effectively taught through RA to the whole class room. ESOL strategy 6 would be utilized by asking questions to gauge understanding of the story.

CPettersen UDL principle 9.3 could be used as a way of connecting to the character of Omu and understanding why she gave everyone her stew and whether or not students would do the same. This would end up in a conversation about sharing and having compassion. #ucflae3414f19 https://growingbookbybook.com/thank-you-omu-activities/ (edited) 1mo
DrSpalding This is such a wonderful book with an excellent message. This is a good resource however using jumpstart is a good one as well. 1w
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YvetteE
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Omu prepares her delicious stew while she reads her new book, and the smell begins to entice the neighbors. Community workers and other local friends follow the smell to Omu‘s house, where she gladly serves her guest with the plentiful stew. Unfortunately, when Omu is done serving everyone, she does not have enough stew for herself, but her day ends with a few surprises!

YvetteE https://www.teachingbooks.net/clp.cgi?master_id=60275&lf_id=9
Students can dive into Omu‘s neighborhood with this story map! Four levels of content are separated into different plans which support UDL principle Vary demands and resources to optimize challenge (8.2) and ESOL strategy 42. Have students use timelines to arrange and sequence important facts and information. A CR could help students with character comprehension.
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kgarzon This would work so well as a choral read, like we did in class for some lines :) 1mo
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ccipriati
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#UCFLAE3414F19 Thank You, Omu, is the debut book written and illustrated by Oge Mora. It is a realistic fiction book about a grandmother who opens her heart to everyone in her community by sharing her delicious stew that she made for dinner. The appealing smell of the woman‘s stew is wafted into the streets of her community. Then, one by one, community members start knocking on her door to try some of her delectable stew.

ccipriati This is a great read aloud book to incorporate into your classroom, especially during Thanksgiving time. It is also a great book to use to culturally enrich your lessons by exploring the types of food and cooking that takes place in some of the ELL‘s countries of origins. This book won the Caldecott Medal. (edited) 1mo
ccipriati The UDL Guideline strategy that I have chosen for this book is 9.1 which is a strategy intended to promote expectations and beliefs that optimize motivation. Everyone inside the class can go around and say how they like to share and/or what they share with others in their community. And another way to perhaps explore the old saying, “It is better to give than to receive.” 1mo
ccipriati The ESOL Strategy that I picked for this book is #2 which is a strategy where you promote cooperation (small groups). This cannot only be done inside the classroom, but you can also encourage your students to give back to their community in charitable ways. 1mo
ccipriati This is a great link to use in your classroom. It has lessons, read alouds, etc. https://www.teachingbooks.net/tb.cgi?tid=60275 1mo
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sbombasi
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This RF picture book by Oge Mora has won the 2019 Caldecott Honor, Coretta Scott King, and John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator. This story tells about a sweet, caring woman who makes a delicious stew that wafts through the community. Community members stop by to have some and book shows great qualities of sharing, gratitude and giving back. I would love to read this book as a RA, in the month of November close to Thanksgiving! #ucflae3414f19

sbombasi https://www.jstart.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/PR5579C_Thank_You_Omu_Jumpstar...
This activity guide is great for this book, I would use the gratitude jar activity. Students will write something they are grateful for to put in a jar to read and celebrate them.

The UDL principle 9.3 develop self-assessment and reflection along with EL #3 encourage self-talk (positive thinking) go along with this.
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Erinehart This would be a great book to do as a read aloud. It‘s a great way to let children understand sharing. 1mo
DrSpalding You know how much I love this book. Your resource is the best possible resource considering the event we performed. Well done. 1w
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YesseniaN
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This RF book opens the hearts of many! What a great gift, giving can be. This would be a great RA during the holiday season (Thanksgiving). It is a great story about a sweet woman who cooks a stew that has a delicious smell that travels. One by one people knocks on her door to have some! Read the story to see what happens next. ESOL strategy talk with the class on the sequence of the book. Come up with great building questions. #ucflae3414f19

YesseniaN UDL principle: Promote expectations and beliefs that
optimize motivation (9.1)
Facilitate personal coping skills and strategies (9.2)
Click the link for an example of a story map: https://www.teachingbooks.net/tb.cgi?tid=60275
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Jewelwinkler Im really interested to read this book! I have heard really good things so far. 1mo
alexblanco I think the UDL principles you chose were great for the book! This seems like such a heartwarming book. 1mo
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maciforster This seems like a great book, I can‘t wait to read it for my own post!! The story map looks like a great activity as well. 1mo
kradebaugh I think this is really cute book. This would be a great book to read in class 1mo
Tinks Really nice post. I would definitely add this to my future classroom library. 1mo
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KristenScala
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Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora is a Caldecott and Coretta Scott King RF PB that exemplifies what it means to be a good human through sharing and gratitude. This book would be a great RA for students who are struggling with sharing, possibly for a primary classroom. #ucflae3414 (CMC) https://growingbookbybook.com/thank-you-omu-activities/ a great resource for activities that coincide with Thank You, Omu!

KristenScala I would use UDL strategy 3.2 and EL strategy 46 for promoting hands on activities to connect with the story. 2mo
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karlasanabria1
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Written by the amazing Oge Mora, Thank You, Omu! is a Caldecott and Coretta Scott King award winning exemplary book on community and selflessness. It‘s a must have in the K-3 classroom libraries to teach children the value of helping others and kindness. This RF work of art is perfect for PR and having your students reflect on the story.

karlasanabria1 #UCFLAE3414F19 The link below provides multiple teaching aids when covering this book during your lesson and how to prepare for your overall Thank You Omu! lesson plan. https://www.teachingbooks.net/tb.cgi?tid=60275#Resources 2mo
karlasanabria1 The UDL Guideline I‘ve chosen for this particular book, based on the teaching strategy I chose is developing self-assessment and reflection (9.3). While the best ESOL Strategy I‘ve chosen is teaching think, pair, and share strategy with another native speaking cooperative classmate (10). 2mo
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“While Omu‘s big fat pot of thick red stew was empty, her heart was full of happiness and love.”

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The best part was the end when there was no stew left... I don‘t want to spoil the ending though.

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ritakingston
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This book is a Caldecott honor book. I loved this book because it shows the importance of sharing even when you have very little. This could be used to show children in the classroom that it is important to share or that it is better to give than to receive.

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Kyle Donahue
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“We are here to give.“

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Kyle Donahue
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This book would be great for a lesson on sharing.

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Kyle Donahue
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Coretta Scott King Award and Caldecott Honor Book. This book was wondfully written and illustrated. It was repetitive, but in a meaningful way. The illustrations were detailed, but simple. Everything about this book was perfect.

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Abby_Karagory
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“That dinner was the best she ever had”

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The little boy showed up on her step wanting stew 😂

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Abby_Karagory
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A Caldecott winning book is a super important lesson about how you achieve happiness by not having stuff, but having a full heart. Omu doesn‘t realize what she has until she is thanked, making this her best dinner she ever had!

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“While Omu‘s big fat pot of stew was empty, her heart was full of happiness and love.”

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Allierd22
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During this book I smiled the entire time. It was such a lighthearted book that shows that kindness always pays off in the end, and sometimes in unexpected waya

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This book was definitely one of my favorites so far. It is an award winning book for so many reasons! This book is all about kindness and being willing to share and give to others when you can. This book will teach kids about selflessness and the willingness to help one another which is a lesson that will carry them through life. It also shows kids that giving to others who have given to you is a fine idea

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mollsmichele
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“ on the corner of first Street and Long Street, on the very top floor, she was cooking a steak red stew and a big fat pot for a nice evening meal” for

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mollsmichele
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Using acrylic paint, China markers, pastels, pattern paper, an old book clippings, the author has created collage illustrations that entertain young readers.

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mollsmichele
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Omu is cooking a delicious, thick red stew for dinner. But when the neighbors come knocking, she gives away one bowl, then another, and tell her dinner is all gone. But there‘s a surprise waiting for her as the neighbors come back. Dinner is saved and everyone is grateful for their gifts.

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anniebananie22
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“And each time they knocked Omu shared”

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The illustrations in this book look like they are from a scrapbook and like they were copied and pasted in a unique manner. I love this simple and textured look.

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anniebananie22
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The tone in this book really helps you to feel like you are there. The sensory element is great and you can really sympathize with Omu.