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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