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.

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.

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.

 

Lucille Beatrice Bear

 

Character 30

You Will Be My Friend by Peter Brown

Book Synopsis: An enthusiastic Lucy decides to make a new friend, but encounters a few setbacks before finally finding one.

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) Character Actions (1.9F, 2.8E, 3.5D, 4.5B, 5.5B)

Creating the Costume: This costume was created from parts of other costumes.  The pink tutu is from Pinkalicious and Angelina, the bow from Camilla Cream and the ears from Corduroy.  Character costumes can be pretty easy to put together.

Delivery:  This is one of my absolute favorite books.  I happened upon it as a fluke from one of the book boxes my mom sends me.  She finds books at thrift stores and sends them to me in bulk and this one by far is one of the best she’s ever found.  I use this book with social skill instruction on how to make friends.  At one point Lucy tries positive self-talk (which I teach my students who need it) but it doesn’t work.  This allows us to have a discussion about how one strategy might not always work so we need to have a couple to try and be familiar with.  This book is very funny and a good example for students to see more complex humor.  It also can be used with the other focus areas listed above.