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Specific Novel & Picture Book Activities - "L"


The Light Princess

by George MacDonald

read aloud grade 3, readability grade 3

Being at the end of an evil aunt's curse, a princess looses her gravity shortly after her birth. Many amusing characters and situations introduced while describing this unusual princess's life will have audiences young and old laughing. This is a great classic the children because of its mystical nature, and for older readers because of its satire and puns.

  1. The King is astonished when he finds out that his little princess has lost her gravity. He searches high and low for a cure and comes up with a variety of them. Some are quite ridiculous in fact (eg: burying her alive for three days)!

    What would you suggest if the King came to you? Write out a paragraph of your cure. Or...

  2. The King also searches high and low when the princess's precious lake begins to drain away. What would your suggestion be to stop the lake from disappearing. Write a paragraph, in details, the instructions you would give the King's servants. Or...
  3. Make floating princesses out of Styrofoam balls for the head and fabric for her dress. Attach the dress to the head with pins or with craft glue. Glue yarn or dyed cotton on the head for hair. Attach the head and the bottom of the dress to some fishing line and hang from the roof of the classroom.


Little Beaver and the Echo

by Amy MacDonald

read aloud kindergarten, readability grade 2

Little Beaver is very lonely, he has no brothers, no sisters, and no friends to play with. One day he hears someone crying out for a friend on the other side of the lake just as he was crying out for a friend. Little Beaver sets off on a journey to find the lonely voice, and on his way he gains a canoe full of friends. This is a cute story for young readers that emphasizes that sometimes friends are there right under our noses whenever we need them.

Little Beaver mistook his echo as a real voice. Here are some echo games:

  1. Clapping Echo:

    Clap your hands in a simple pattern and have your class repeat the pattern exactly after you. As they get used to it, clap more complicated patterns and get faster. My class loved the challenge of this game, it is a good activity to promote listening skills as well as sense of rhythm.

  2. Telephone Game:

    Have your students sit in a circle. Whisper a phrase into your neighbor's ear. Have each student repeat the phrase all the way around the circle. When the last person hears the phrase, have them tell the rest of the class what they heard. How close was this to the original phrase?


Look Closer

by Brian and Rebecca Wildsmith

readability kindergarten, readaloud kindergarten

Unless you stop and look closely, you may be missing a lot of wonderful things in this world. On this walk through the book you would have missed a lot of colourful insects. Can become a classroom favourite as children time and time again play the game of "what's hiding in the picture?"

Make a class book:

  1. Using paints, crayons, pastels, or construction paper design and produce pictures with insects hiding in them.
  2. Show them to other class members. Can they guess what's hiding?
  3. Produce a title page, and staple all of the pages together to make a "Look Closer" class book.