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

Pink Pink Pink is the second clue.

Clue number three

“One more cupcake” is this girl’s plea.

Clue number four

She’s not quite the right color anymore.

 

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Tricky Piglet

 

Character 25


My Lucky Day  by Keiko Kasza

Book Synopsis:  A Fox thinks it is his lucky day when I pig shows up at his door.  He’s in for a surprise however, when the pig is the one playing the tricks and out-foxing the fox!

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

Predicting (K9C, 1.9D, 2.8A, 3.5C, 4.5I, 5.5K) , Problem and Solution (2.8F, 3.5H, 4.5E)

Creating the Costume: I got a middle school flashback and bought a bunch of Jordache white skinny jeans on clearance.  Take those throwbacks and some RIT, and I had plenty of character costume parts.  Felt and hot glue brought the ears and the nose together.

Delivery:  This is actually one of my mother’s favorite books.  It came out when I was in high school and I still remember her being very excited about this book and reading it with my younger siblings and at their school.  Even now it is still a book she will always mention when talking about favorites.  I was very excited too to share it with my students.  What really impressed me was that they caught on to the familiar text structure of one ” weaker” character tricking another “stronger” character into being too tired to fight back using flattery and suggestion.  They made the text-to-text connection to Paper Bag Princess.  One student really got into the way the piglet played “innocent” but was actually very far from it.  The direction we went was not at all what I envisioned from the instructional focus I had listed above.  If anyone actually looked at my plans for the day and what actually happened with this story, they would be hard pressed to find any similarities other than the title of the book.  That’s not always a good sign, but for this instance it was an outcome better than I could have planned for.  We even got into talking about the author’s message behind writing it as being tricky can trump strong and don’t take things for granted.

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 pig with much to do.

Clue number three

He’s tricky to a great degree.

Clue number four

That poor fox doesn’t know what’s in store.

 

Very Old Man

Character 24

Millions of of Cats by Wanda Gag

Book Synopsis: A lonely old man and women decide to get a cat, but wind up with “hundreds of cats, thousands of cats, millions and billions and trillions of cats”!

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

Problem and Solution  (2.8F, 3.5H, 4.5E) Writing: Narrative (2.12B,3.9, 4.7, 5.7) Math: Estimation/ Number Sense

Creating the Costume: I made the hat with my circle loom and the beard with ribbon and yarn.  I picked up stuffed cats as I found them at thrift stores and used fishing line to tie them together.

Delivery:  I LOVE this book.  I remember it as a kid.  I would try and count the cats.  I was very surprised when some other teachers did not know this book.  I know that it is old (It was published first in 1928) but it is an award-winning classic that I think EVERYONE should know about.  I have so many memories connected to this book and was very excited to share it with my students.  We worked on problem and solution, evaluating if the solutions they came up with were good ones or not.  One of my groups had also been working on using different graphic organizers and it sparked a great conversation about which graphic organizer to use.  My students finally came to the realization that there is not a “right” organizer for every reading, but that you pick an organizer depending on what you need to do with the information from the story.  We reasoned that if we wanted to describe the cats in the story or answer questions about the cats, a web would help us.  However, if we were asked questions or had to retell the story, then a sequence organizer would be better.  Also, a plot diagram could be used to help with retelling or a problem/solution organizer to help answer questions and understand the problems and solutions in the story.

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 man just wanted a cat, it’s true…

Clue number three

He went out to look and see…

Clue number four

Now he’s got cats galore!

 

Angelina Mouseling

Character 23


Angelina Ballerina by Katharine Holabird

Book Synopsis: The story of a young mouse who wants nothing more than to dance.

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

Writing: Descriptive (2.12B,3.9, 4.7, 5.7)

Creating the Costume: Is it bad that I already had made a pink tutu before character costumes were even a thought?  I had created it as part of a group costume for a Halloween 5K my friends and I did a couple years ago.  That meant that all I had to do was go back to my glue gun and felt to make the ears and add a ribbon.

Delivery:  My students were able to make a lot of personal connections with this book.  Even though I work with mostly boys, they were able to identify with how Angelina was unfocused and was always getting in trouble.  The book was a great way to start our conversation on a writing assignment on goals and focusing on what you are good at and working towards something like Angelina does.  Very little beats teaching in a tutu!

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 character has a dream to pursue.

Clue number three

She loves to dance on key.

Clue number four

She dances so much she forgets to do a single chore!