The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Book Synopsis: The story of the relationship between a boy and the apple tree who loved him.
Instructional Focus: (Numbers are for the Virginia Standards of Learning, generally Reading/English)
Sequencing, (K9f, 1,9G, 2.8h, 3.5f, 4.5k, 5.5l) Compare and Contrast (1.9F, 2.8E, 3.5D,4.5K,5.5l 5.5B) Writing: Descriptive (1.13C, 2.12C,3.9F, 5.7f) Character: 1.7F, 2.8E, 3.5D, 4.5B, 5.5B
Creating the Costume: A pair of pants with a heart that says “Me +T” and felt leaves and apples sewn to a brown shirt were used for this costume. The apples were velcroed on so that I could remove them if I wanted to re-enact part of the story.
Delivery: As I kid I read this book and was more caught up in the creepy portrait of the author superimposed on the back of the book. However, this is a good book for comparing the tree and the boy with one another. We also were working on increasing our use of adjectives in our writing, so we did an activity where we listed adjectives to describe each character. Another possible focus could be character development.