Sylvie

Character 28


Sylvie by Jennifer Sattler

Book Synopsis: A flamingo wonders why she is pink and tests the maxim “you are what you eat!”

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

Compare and Contrast (with A Bad Case of the Stripes and Pinkalicious) (1.9F, 2.8E, 3.5D,4.5K,5.5l 5.5B)  Character Development (1.9F, 2.8E, 3.5D, 4.5B, 5.5B) Predict (K9C, 1.9D, 2.8A, 3.5C, 4.5I, 5.5K),  Cause and Effect (4.5G, 5.5J

Creating the Costume: This was a situation where I wanted to make a flamingo costume with feather boas and my pink pants so I set out to find a book with a flamingo as a character.  I got lucky with this book since it tied in so well with other books I had been using instruction.

Delivery:  This book is good for using predict and prove as a metacognitive skill.  Also, it is good to use as part of instruction on character development by comparing it with Camilla Cream and Pinkalicious. It also does well with teaching cause and effect in a simpler, more linear way.  I used this as an early text in teaching cause and effect before going deeper and using non-fiction texts with cause and effect.

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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 bird who turns a little blue.

Clue number three

She once was pink, but not after a tasting spree!

Clue number four

She tries to explore.

Camilla Cream

Character 27 (2)

A Bad Case of the Stripes by David Shannon

Book Synopsis: Camilla Cream is so worried the other kids will find out that she loves lima beans that she breaks out in a bad case of stripes.  Her appearance keeps changing with every attempt to make her better until she admits that what she really wants is a plate of lima beans.

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

Reading: Problem and Solution (2.8F, 3.5H, 4.5E) Cause and Effect (4.5G, 5.5J)  Compare and Contrast(1.9F, 2.8E, 3.5D,4.5K,5.5l 5.5B)  It is also good for comparing with Pinkalicious and Sylvie as part of a unit on character development (1.9F, 2.8E, 3.5D, 4.5B, 5.5B)

Creating the Costume: Fabric paint and a white turtle neck were used to create the body of this costume.  I reused the wig from Viola Swamp and Halloween face paint to complete the look.

Delivery:  My kids were waiting for this book to come to life as a character.  I’m not sure how they knew it was in the cards, I think they just know me pretty well and what I like.  We used this book after Pinkalicious and Sylvie so that with some of my groups we worked on comparing character development and development.  All three books have similarities as the main characters change in appearance and at the end of the books, are happy to be back to themselves.  However, Camilla does not enjoy the change the way that Sylvie and Pinkalicious do and does not choose to change the way those other two characters do. I did problem and solution with one group and with a higher group did cause and effect.  There are so many avenues to take with this 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

You could say this girl is a little blue.

Clue number three

She’s as colorful as can be…

Clue number four

Purple, red, yellow green and orange galore!  She’s all this and more.

 

Pinkerbelle

Character 26- Pinkerbelle


Pinkalicious by Victoria Kahn and Elizabeth Kahn

Book Synopsis: A girl who loves pink eats so many pink cupcakes she turns pink.

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

Cause and Effect,(4.5G, 5.5J) Draw Conclusions, (2.8I, 3.5G, 4.5H, 5.5I) Infer,(3.5G, 4.5H, 5.5I) Problem and Solution  (2.8F, 3.5H, 4.5E)

Creating the Costume: A pink shirt, pink tights and a pink skirt were brought together with a crown, wings and wand from the dollar store.  Add some crazy pigtails and “Pinkerbelle” is complete.

Delivery:  I got a lot of “Tooth Fairy” guesses when they saw the costume for this one.  I had one group working on making character inferences (starting with the age of the main character.)  Another group sequenced and did cause and effect.  I really liked how this was a book not many of my older students knew, so they actually had an opportunity to make predictions and see if they came true.