Saturday, September 4, 2010

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse. Wow.


Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse. As I read the story each year, it always reminds me to think about what is most important to my students. Is it 3 shiny quarters? A purse that plays a silly tune? New sunglasses? On the flipside, I think it reminds my students to be kind to their teacher ;). I think many of us can relate to Lilly's excitement about having something new, and wanting to share that something new with the world! Which brings me to share my newest idea for a Kevin Henkes author study: character map posters. Simple concept, but excellent for helping first graders recall specific things about Kevin's complex characters. We made two posters, one for Lilly and one for Chrysanthemum. In creating the posters, I prompted the kids to think of characteristics about the mice that made them seem like they were humans! We also brainstormed the important things about each character, and how they were different and alike! At the imagination station, the kids wrote advice to Lilly. One said, "I think you should be nice to your teacher. He's just trying to help you learn." Wow. "That's just about all I can say is, wow."

14 comments:

Stephanie said...

Great Idea! I have used writing maps in my classroom before and they really help the students. I know my students would really like these maps with the picture!! :)

S. Parker said...

I am planning on doing character trait posters, too! Your poster is so cute. Which leads me to wonder, do you draw your character in front on the students or before?

Lisa said...

I love Lilly, I love Kevin Henkes. I love the way his characters are just like real kids. They think like them, they talk like them and they have feelings like them.
Last year my class wrote to Kevin and in return we got a whole package full of goodies to go with "Lily's Big Day".
I read his books to my class at the beginning of every year. The kids love them!

Sarah said...

I love using maps in all subject areas! It's such a great visual and a great discussion aid :)

Ginger Snaps said...

I love the idea of having your kids write advice to the character of the story. That is something I can definitely use in my 3rd grade classroom!

Erin said...

Love, love, love it! :)

futureflstar said...

I LOVE this idea! This is awesome!

Abby said...

Wow. Just wow ;)

I just read this last week with my students! Probably my FAV book. Love your ideas!

According to Ashley said...

Adorable!

MM said...

Soooo creative! LOVE it!

Stephanie May said...

Just found your great idea on pinterest. And so glad I did. . .I will be using it this fall. Thanks!
firstthingsfirst-smay.blogspot.com

Kaylees Education Studio said...

It's great that you've got your first graders learning about character analysis.

Allison Stuckey said...

So cute. I was just searching for cute ideas for Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse and came across this. Adorable! I linked your post up to my blog post that I'm doing about back to school read alouds! I hope you don't mind. (It won't post until Tuesday, but please check it out!!!)

http://stuckeyinsecond.blogspot.com/2013/07/back-to-school-linky-tuesday-read-alouds.html


Thanks so much for sharing!
Allison Stuckey
http://stuckeyinsecond.blogspot.com

Allison Stuckey said...

Okay, it's your awesome post is linked up to my post today! Check it out!! :) Thanks for the great info!!

http://stuckeyinsecond.blogspot.com/2013/07/back-to-school-linky-tuesday-read-aloud.html

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