Written by: Andrea Beaty
Illustrated by: David Roberts
Preview and Predict
From a young age, Iggy has been interested in architecture. He's created many different structures out of rather unusual materials like fruits and dirty diapers, but when his second grade teacher, Miss Greer, doesn't allow him to express his passion for architecture in the classroom, it takes a crises to convince her that maybe buildings aren't so bad after all. Start off by considering the front cover and illustrations, and make predictions together about what the story will be about and what you will find within its pages.
What do you notice on the cover?
Who do you think this woman is? How do you think she is feeling? Why do you think that?
What is Iggy drawing?
What did he use to make this building?
What do you think will happen in this story?
Activate Prior Knowledge
Talk to your child about what an architect is by asking, "Do you know what an architect does? What kinds of things do they build? Would you like to be an architect? Why/why not?"
As You Read
Have fun as you read, giving characters different voices and playing into the rhyme scheme by emphasizing the ends of each line. Encourage your child to stop when s/he gets to a new word in the story. See if s/he can discover its meaning by using the illustrations and words surrounding it. For younger children, you can simply stop and give a short explanation. For example, when Miss Lila Greer is throwing away all of the architecture books, you can say, "There are different types of architecture: ROMANESQUE, GOTHIC, MODERN, etc. Buildings can be very different depending on what style they are made in and Iggy wants to learn about all of them." A couple of other new words from Iggy Peck, Architect include:
Take a moment every once in awhile throughout the story to clump information and make predictions with your child about what will happen next or why a certain character does something. Ask questions like, "Why do you think Miss Lila Greer doesn't allow her class to talk about buildings? How do you think Iggy feels about this? What is Iggy drawing in the dirt? What do you think he will build to solve their problem? What do you see on the bridge? I see shoes, some rulers, and a pair of underwear!"
Help your child look at the story as a whole once you've completed your read-through by asking/discussing questions like:
What did Iggy use to make buildings?
How did he use architecture to help them get off of the island?
Why didn't Miss Greer like architecture in the beginning? What about at the end?
Miss Greer was scared of buildings. Can you think of something that you are scared of? Why is that thing scary to you?
Extending the Story
Be An Architect
What can your child build? This activity is completely up to your child, from the materials used to the structure built. Encourage your child to brainstorm a building to create and then look around your home to collect a large pile of materials. Think about Iggy's pancake arch and try to find unusual materials that you wouldn't initially think to use. For more ideas for this activity, look here.
Check This Out
Curious about author Andrea Beaty and her motivations to write her stories? Watch this interview with Andrea as she discusses Iggy Peck, Architect as well as Rosie Revere, Engineer, and learn a little bit about the women behind the story.