Very Hungry Caterpillar

Character 22


The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Book Synopsis: A very hungry caterpillar prepares for the cocoon which will help him develop into a beautiful butterfly.

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

Reading: Cause and Effect (4.5G, 5.5J) Writing: How To (2.12, 3.9, 3.11, 4.7,5.7)  Science: Life Cycle

Creating the Costume: I took a white dress I would never wear and dyed it green.  Then I watered down different green fabric paint and painted the stripes on the dress.  The red knit hat was an awesome thrift store find and turned into the head with some felt and hot glue.

Delivery:  This book is a very quick read, and when reading it with my groups, we focused more in inferencing with one group and choosing an appropriate graphic organizer with another.  We had been working on using webs to help organize and understand information from what we read, but one of my students noted that a web wouldn’t really help you with a book like this, so it was a nice way to introduce a plot diagram organizer.

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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

It’s a bug who grew and grew.

Clue number three

He ate nearly everything in the tree.

Clue number four

He’s got a surprise in store!

 

SkippyJon Jones

Character 21


Skippy Jon Jones by Judy Schachner

Book Synopsis: A siamese cat gets sent to his room for causing trouble and instead of reflecting on his choices, goes into his closet and pretends to go on an adventure as a swashbuckling chihuahua.

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

Writing: Word Choice, (4.7I, 5.7f) Synonyms (2.2D, 2.7C, 3.4B, 4.4B, 5.4C)

Creating the Costume: The ears were made with the usual felt, hot glue and headband.  The mask was also made with felt and ribbon.  The cape is a cut up gym shirt.

Delivery:  I think capes should be a part of everyday wear.  I could do without the mask and massive ears, but the cape was pretty cool to wear around.  The story is a little difficult to follow at times, so I make sure to tell my students beforehand that he is pretending and making stuff up.  They can struggle with realizing that on their own.

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 cat, it’s true.

Clue number three

You meet him first up in a tree.

Clue number four

He’s a cat, but he wants to be much more.

 

Paddington Bear

Character 20


A Bear Called Paddington (Chapter 1) by Michael Bond

Book Synopsis: A bear with a penchant for trouble from “darkest Peru” shows up in London and is adopted by a family.

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

Reading: Cause and Effect (4.5G, 5.5J  Predicting, (K9C, 1.9D, 2.8A, 3.5C, 4.5I, 5.5K) Writing: Descriptive (1.13C, 2.12C,3.9F, 5.7f)

Creating the Costume: The coat for this costume is my actual winter coat.  The boots are old rainboots I spray painted yellow.  The hat and suitcase were thrift store finds.  For Christmas somebody had given me homemade apple butter and I used it as a substitute for the marmalade Paddington so loves.  I used yarn, a sharpie and some felt to make the “Please Take Care of this Bear” tag.

Delivery:  This character debuted the same time as the movie was coming out in theaters and I loved the idea that kids might be motivated to not only see the movie but also read the book after hearing a part of the book being read.  After the first day as the character, I continued reading parts of this book each day to one of my groups and we have used a number of strategies to make sure we understand the book.

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 from darkest Peru.

Clue number three

Now he lives in a place where they drink tea.

Clue number four

He’s a bear not a bore.

 

Amelia Bedelia

Character 19


Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish

Book Synopsis: A literal-minded housekeeper causes chaos in the Rogers household when she attempts to make sense of some instructions.

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

Homonyms:2.7A, 3.4A, 4.4B, 5.4C,

Creating the Costume: The dress from Viola Swamp makes another appearance.  Add white tights, an apron and a headband/hat made from, you guessed it, hot glue and felt and you’ve got Amelia Bedelia.  I’ve also got a little black purse that goes with it.

Delivery:  This is a great book for teaching words with multiple meanings.  Prior to reading however, it is important to frontload with some vocabulary instruction.