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Kevin Henkes Author Study
Below you will find activities to match three of Kevin Henkes most popular books! The activities were shared by Teaching Heart visitors who entered the 2005 back to school contest. The winning lessons are seen below. Use the link to view some of the other lessons shared. Thank you to all that entered the contest! I am sure your ideas will be put to good use by many teachers around the world.
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And the six winners: Renee Liles/Arkansas, Renee Cooperman /New York, Kelly Brown/NC, Ms. Quintero/FL, Shana Swindle/Mississippi, & Lynne McLaughlin/Texas
Renee Liles was selected as the grand prize winner!
Rene Liles is our Grand
Prize Winner (over $50.00 in Prizes):
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Lillys' Purple Plastic Purse
Leave plain or make a
This story is about Lily's most prized possession and a great September activity to learn more about your students. After reading this story, talk about "prize possessions." Discuss how Lily's purse was so special to her. Then, I share one of my prized possessions from my childhood and read a description I have written about my object. Then, I have students begin writing a description about one of their prized possessions. I provided copies of a paperbag (for boys) and a larger purse (for girls) so the students can draw their prized possessions after they write their final copies. Also, I send a letter home to parents requesting students bring in their most prized possessions for the writing activity. Ask that these possessions be placed in a labelled brown paper bag for safe keeping. We then have a class sharing day. Students read their writing and show their actual possessions. After sharing day, I post students' papers & pictures on a bullentin board. Renee Cooperman /New York
I teach first grade and this is truly one of
my favorite stories! I always share this story during the
first few weeks of school.
I love to read the story Chrysanthemum by
Kevin Henkes at the beginning of the year. It's a great
story to read when you would like everyone to learn their
names. After reading the story Chrysanthemum with my
class, I always start a discussion about our names and
what our names mean to us. I explain that at times, our
names can even describe us. I model a free form map on
the board with the name of Chrysanthemum,,,, or even
better "Mickey Mouse".(They seem to know that
character well.) Then, I have the children give me ideas
of things they think of when they think of Mickey Mouse
or what describes him. Immediately, the class starts
participating and calling out...little mouse, friendly,
pluto, Disney World, etc... On the board I write the name
in the center and then I map out from the name. I tell
the class they can either write words around the name or
draw pictures that describe the name. Once I'm done
modeling how to do a free form map on the board, I pass
out a big sheet of white construction paper to the class
and have them create a free form map around their names.
Their maps always come out super nice, and bright. I tell
the children that their maps must be in color and full of
details. I tell them to draw or write things like where
they were born, their hobbies, pets, friends,
personalities, siblings, favorite color, etc... Here is
an example of a free form map I made with my name just so
you can see it and have an idea of what it looks like.
Hope you like my idea, my children always seem to love
it. It works great with 2nd and 3rd grade. I just wish I
would have kept a sample from the ones my kids from last
Using various sources on the web, I created two poster/transparency templates for Chrysanthemum. I also created a letter home to parents asking their for their help in an extension activity.
Read the story to the class and chart ideas
about times when students did something that they
regretted. You may even want to share a time like that of
your own. Send them to their seats and let them write
about a time like that on the attached printable. You
could copy it on purple paper to make it even cuter.
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