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Read the book “Chrysanthemum” by Kevin Henkes. Discuss the mouse’s unique name andcreate a mouse puppet with a special name.

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I Am Special

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Learning Foundation:

Theme: It's Great to Be Me

Song: It's Great to Be Me

Read the book “Chrysanthemum” by Kevin Henkes. Discuss the mouse’s unique name and create a mouse puppet with a special name.

Materials

  • “Chrysanthemum” by Kevin Henkes
  • Templates for mouse puppet
  • Markers
  • Glue
  • Arts & crafts supplies (e.g., pipe cleaners, pom-pom balls, string, cotton balls)
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Song “It’s Great to Be Me”

Desired Outcomes

  • To compare their characteristics with others and display confidence in their unique abilities and characteristics.

Beginning

  • Introduce Dolfi.
  • Sing “It’s Great to Be Me”. Refer to the song chart as you sing.
  • Repeat the song with movements and encourage the children to imitate you.
  • Say:Today we’re going to read the book called “Chrysanthemum.” The person who wrote this book is Kevin Henkes.
  • What do you see on the cover? What do you think about the name? Listen to and acknowledge the children’s observations.
  • Say: Chrysanthemum is a cute mouse with a beautiful name. Chrysanthemum is the name of a flower. Have you heard that name before? Her name is unique and special. Her parents believe her name is beautiful, and so does she, but her friends at school joke about how many letters are in her name
  • –(Let’s count) 13 in all! This hurts her feelings.
  • Read the story. Pause to discuss why Chrysanthemum is a special name.
  • Tell children that they are going to make their own mouse puppet and give it a very special name.
  • Show an example of a completed mouse puppet and emphasize the different materials that can be used to make the mouse unique.
  • Give each child a mouse template.

Middle

  • Encourage children to use a variety of materials.
  • Ask the children what special name they would like to give their mouse.
  • Listen to and support their ideas and add your own.
  • Discuss how reactions of others to a name can be hurtful and affect the way we feel about ourselves

End

  • Tell children that it is time for the mice to go to sleep.
  • Have the children put their mice away one by one.
  • Sing “It’s Great to Be Me” as the children wash their hands and walk like a mouse to the next activity in the classroom daily routine.

Extend

  • Put the puppets in the book area.
  • Encourage the children to use the mice to act out puppet plays.
  • During circle time, role-play with children scenarios about being teased for being unique (e.g., name). Have children practice responses.
  • Introduce the children to the flower and the different species and colors of it.
  • Display photos of the flower and let them draw theirs.

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