The Man With the Yellow Hat

Copy of Character 31


Curious George by H.A. Rey

Book Synopsis: A curious monkey is brought to the city from the jungle and gets into all sorts of trouble being curious.

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

Cause and Effect (4.5G, 5.5J) Problem and Solution(2.8F, 3.5H, 4.5E)  Predictions (K9C, 1.9D, 2.8A, 3.5C, 4.5I, 5.5K)

Creating the Costume: I took a white shirt and white pants and used Rit to die them bright yellow.  I found a white straw hat and used spray paint to make it yellow.

Delivery:  This book is good for predictions, since George is a predictable character that consistently gets into trouble.  It also worked well with looking at it through the lens of cause and effect, as taking a George out of Africa had a variety of effects.

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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

This man only wears one hue.

Clue number three

He always matches, we can agree.

Clue number four

He meets a monkey and takes him on a tour.

 

Rainbow Fish

Character 32

Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

Book Synopsis: A fish with beautiful scales learns to share.

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

Problem and Solution (2.8F, 3.5H, 4.5E) Character Actions (1.9F, 2.8E, 3.5D, 4.5B, 5.5B)

Creating the Costume: This was one of the first character costumes I created.  I cut felt scales as well as sequin scales and sewed on a skirt I didn’t wear often.  The sequin silver scales are velcro and removable so they could come off during the story.  However, the first time I did that I had a mob of kids trying to pull the other ones off afterward, so that’s a secret I keep to myself now.

Delivery:  Sometimes I think that something was lost in the translating of this book, as there are some questions I have, like why does the female octopus have a deep voice?  However, there are some great words in this book that can be used in a vocabulary lesson such as wavered, shimmering and the like.  It’s a good read to to help with behavior, making friends and sharing.  Problem and solution as well as character actions are other areas we focus on when we read this book.

Swimming & Snow

The most sought after summer accessory as a kid was the brightly colored wristband that gave the wearer the right to navigate the deep end of the pool.  With this, you were no longer restricted to the shallows and instead were allowed free reign of the diving board and slides.

Before you could obtain this treasure however, you had to pass THE SWIM TEST.  This involved swimming a certain number of laps, being able to jump off the diving board and not need rescuing and the most dreadful of all, treading water.

On the surface, treading water seems the most innocuous of all the tasks, after all, all you have to do is keep your head above the water.  No real skill, style, or bravado needed.  After even a short time of treading water though, it is clear that this is the most trying test of them all.  It’s not long before your arms and legs start to tire and your chin gets closer and closer to the water.

So what has me thinking of swimming and summer when I’m surrounded by the nearly three feet of snow that has incapacitated our area and cancelled school for the past three days?  It was a comment Jessica made about how we should be back to blogging by now but that she’s been feeling she’s treading water in her classroom and that it’s taking all she can to keep her head up.  Of course, if I can liken teaching to sky diving like I did here, I can pretty much tie anything to teaching.

The parallels are there. Diving off the board is like the beginning of the year when you can’t wait to just jump in. Swimming the laps is like when you’ve found yourself in a little bit of a groove and things are going well.  And the rest of the time, well, that’s when you are just keeping your head up treading water.

But as I’m starting at the mounds of fresh snow out the window, I’m wondering if treading water isn’t the most important skill of them all. How bad it is if, every once in a while, we dunk under water.  As long as we don’t drown, being immersed can be refreshing, a reminder of why we got in the pool in the first place.

It is with this perspective that I’ve decided a few things:

  1. Treading water is essential to becoming a strong swimmer and enjoying the deep end.  Feeling a little like it’s taking all we can just to survive is proof that we can do plenty but that we don’t have to be perfect at it all, all the time.
  2. Since we don’t have to be perfect at it all, it’s ok to share when we are feeling a little under the water.
  3. It is time to get back to blogging!

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

Scales, this character has a few.

Clue number three

“Give them to me!” other fish plea.

Clue number four

He lives close to the ocean floor. 

The Giving Tree

 

Character 31

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.

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 plant and her boy have much to do.

Clue number three

It’s a rather generous tree.

Clue number four

She gives until she can give no more.