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.


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