Olivia by Ian Falconer
Book Synopsis: Olivia the Pig is very busy every day. This story chronicles the way she spends her day.
Instructional Focus: (Numbers are for the Virginia Standards of Learning, generally Reading/English)
Reading: Sequencing (K9f, 1,9G, 2.8h, 3.5f, 4.5k, 5.5l) Writing: How-To (2.12, 3.9, 3.11, 4.7,5.7)
Creating the Costume: I picked up this dress at a thrift store (after paying full price for a different red dress at TJ MAXX) and the tights were another clearance halloween item. The little mini-cape and ties were made with fabric scraps I had and the ears were the usual felt, hot glue and headband.
Delivery: There are a lot of similarities with this book and Eloise, and I was really proud of my students when they made that connection. We used this book to work on sequencing again and being able to retell a story in order. It also was a good mentor text for students to read prior to writing their own how-to live a day in my life writing.