Royally Good Content-Area Classroom Activities
BEST FRIENDS FOREVER
Kudos for Math
When it comes to size, Bink andGollie couldn’t be more different.Help students measure different-sizeobjects in your classroom and at homeusing nonstandard measurements.Let each student trace one of his orher hands on construction paper,then cut out the hand shape, and useit to measure various items aroundthe classroom and at home. Beforestudents measure each object, askthem to estimate how many of theirhands they think it will measure. Thenhave students take the hand-lengthmeasurement and gure out thedifference between their estimatesand the actual length.
Kudos for Science
In the book, an ad for the AcmeStretch-o-Matic asks the question“Why should you be shorter thanyour friends?” Bink thinks this is agood question, so she buys the“top quality” machine. Ask yourstudents to think of somethingthat frustrates them. Thenhave them design a machine toaddress the situation or issuethat causes their frustration.Ask them to draw a picture of what the machine looks like, list its features, and name it. Finally,have them create an advertisement fortheir machine and invite each student topresent their machine to the rest of the class.
Kudos for Social Studies
While researching her family history,Gollie discovers that her great-aunt Natasha was a queen. Ask yourstudents to learn about their ownfamily’s past by creating a familytree. Encourage students to becreative by interviewing familymembers; researching online;using pictures, drawings, andmaps; and uncoveringfamily heirlooms,lore, and stories.Ask students totake turns talkingabout their familyand what makes it special.
Kudos for Language Arts
From international garden gnomesto giant tinfoil balls to massiveamounts of marbles, collectionsare something Bink and Gollie love.Read “Kudos, Bink and Gollie” aloud.Then ask your class to think of acollection they have or would liketo start. Have your students writea paragraph about their collectionand illustrate it. Combine all thecollection descriptions into a classvolume of
. Be sureto decorate the cover with gold starstickers, of course.
Gollie: Best Friends Forever
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2013 by Tony Fucile