Sometime this week there be a sweet treat,

A cool character for you all to meet

Let’s see if we can figure out

Who it is without a doubt

So let us explore,

Let us learn more

 

Clue number one

The character is from a book, isn’t that fun?

Clue number two

He’s a dog, but a reindeer too.

Clue number three

He’s something you’ll find by a Christmas tree.

Clue number four

He’s got a surprise in store!

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Cow

Character 17


Click Clack Moo Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin

Book Synopsis: The cows at Farmer Brown’s farm are making demands but the farmer refuses to meet their demands and the cows go on strike.

Instructional Focus: (Numbers are for the Virginia Standards of Learning, generally Reading/English)

Reading: Inference  (3.5G, 4.5H, 5.5I) Writing: Persuasive (5.7)

Creating the Costume: Fabric paint, felt and yarn made this costume.  The ears were the usual hot glue, felt and headband.  The tail was made the same way as Max from Where the Wild Things tail was.  The great bonus about this costume is that it gets me free food on Chick-Fil-A dress like a cow day.

Delivery:  We continued our work on persuasive writing, using the techniques that the cows do to try and persuade Farmer Brown.  I also really struggle reading any of the Farmer Brown books without bringing out a country accent.

Sometime this week there be a sweet treat,

A cool character for you all to meet

Let’s see if we can figure out

Who it is without a doubt

So let us explore,

Let us learn more

 

Clue number one

The character is from a book, isn’t that fun?

Clue number two

This is an animal that goes moo.

Clue number three

This character has a desperate plea.

Clue number four

This character won’t take any more!

 

Princess Elizabeth

Character 16


The Paper Bag Princess  by Robert Muncsh

Book Synopsis: A princess saves her prince fiancé from a dragon by outsmarting the dragon, but the prince she saves is not happy with her appearance.

Instructional Focus: (Numbers are for the Virginia Standards of Learning, generally Reading/English)

Predict (K9C, 1.9D, 2.8A, 3.5C, 4.5I, 5.5K), Fact and Opinion, (4.6H,5.6I, Compare and Contrast (1.9F, 2.8E, 3.5D,4.5K,5.5l 5.5B)

Creating the Costume: I sewed up some burlap to make a dress to wear over my outfit for the day.  I could have made a dress out of butcher paper and been more like the book, but I wanted a costume that would last more than one reading.  To make myself soot covered like she is in the book, I used my dirty dry erase erasers rubbed on my arms.

Delivery:  This story is a great twist on your typical fairy tale.  It also was a good way to introduce facts and opinions, since the book lends itself to creating an opinion about it’s characters and we use facts from the story to support the opinions we formed.

Sometime this week there be a sweet treat,

A cool character for you all to meet

Let’s see if we can figure out

Who it is without a doubt

So let us explore,

Let us learn more

 

Clue number one

The character is from a book, isn’t that fun?

Clue number two

This girl had pretty things until into her castle a dragon flew.

Clue number three

She’s pretty brave we can agree.

Clue number four

She has a prince she does adore.

 

Nancy Clancy

Character 15

Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy by Jane O’Connor

Book Synopsis: A girl who believes that fancy is better tries to convince her family to adopt a dog.

Instructional Focus: (Numbers are for the Virginia Standards of Learning, generally Reading/English)

Synonyms: (2.2D, 2.7C, 3.4B, 4.4B, 5.4C)

Creating the Costume: If it is girl and “fancy” it ends up being part of my Fancy Nancy costume.  The only thing I actually purchased for this was a feather boa.  The only difficult part of this costume was trying to make my hair curly like Nancy’s.  My hair just does not ever want to keep any curl no matter what I try.

Delivery:  I love to read Fancy Nancy, just like with Olivia and Eloise, the character has got some great voice.  Working on synonyms is always an option with Fancy Nancy. We also followed Nancy’s lead with this book and tried to persuade somebody of something by writing a persuasive essay.

Sometime this week there be a sweet treat,

A cool character for you all to meet

Let’s see if we can figure out

Who it is without a doubt

So let us explore,

Let us learn more

 

Clue number one

The character is from a book, isn’t that fun?

Clue number two

She’s a girl who’d love chicken cordon bleu.

Clue number three

She loves drinking sweet tea.

Clue number four

She loves fancy things galore!