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Make dog-ears and paint their noses black so they look like Clifford.
To make the ears- cut strips 6 X 18 strips of red construction paper. For most heads, it will take about 1 ~ strips. Staple them together. 1) staple the two long strips together 2) wrap the two strips around a child's head, staple in place, cut off the extra part of the strip To make the ears, clip two corners and round the bottom of two rectangles. Staple them to either side. 3) staple on the ears two either side
Read a lot of Clifford books. Students can vote for their favorite and make a class graph or do a writing response about which one is their favorite and why.
Graph "Would Clifford Make a Good pet?" Discuss why or why not. Analyze the graph.
Discuss the things pets need. Talk about what Clifford needs. Make a class book. This idea came from Courtney Lasater.
Read Clifford's First Day of School. Make construction paper Cliffordsxx
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To make Clifford- The head - Clip the two bottom corners of a large red square and round. The ears- Clip the two bottom corners of two red rectangles and round. The eyes- Clip all four corners and round two white rectangles. The nose- Clip all four corners and round a black square. Students USetheir finger to dot whiskers and eyeballs. Read Clifford's Family and talk about how Clifford had a lot of brothers and sisters. Make a Venn diagram to compare who has sisters, who has brothers, who has both, and who has neither. Analyze the Venn.
Eat a Clifford
E?rachsmakes Clifford the E?ig Red Dog Fruit Snacks- you can sort them by shape and color, graph them, count them, or just eat them for fun.
Make Clifford Cupcakes- To make the cupcakes look like Clifford, USe red icing (white icing colored red with icing dye or food coloring), red fruit roll-up pieces for the ears, and a junior mint for the nose (picture below from cupcake momma)
Another snack idea- eat red foods for snack- strawberries, watermelon, raspberries, apples, and cherries
Good Deeds- provide pictures of objects that symbolize
Clifford's good deeds: leaf, paintbrush, kitten, flat tire, newspaper, man on the ground, house on fire, a medal. Have students sequence these symbols in a pocket chart to explain the events on the story. (pictures included at the end) Make a class book of lIE?est ood Deeds.1I Have students brainstorm "good G deeds" that they have seen others do or "good deeds" they have done. Have students write about their best good deeds or the best good deed someone has done for them. Have them illustrate their writing. Make a class book (For example, Mrs. Lcrr-emore's Class' Good Deeds) Compare and Contrast the books Clifford's the Terrible, Horrible, Good Deeds and Alexander and
No Good, Very I?ad Day. Have students discuss
Clifford's bad day and a bad day they have had. Then talk more about Clifford's bad day and why it was bad. Tell your class that you will read them another story about a boy named Alexander and he has a very bad day. Encourage the students to tell you what Alexander and Clifford have in common. Make text-totext connections by making a list of the things that were alike in the two texts and the things that were different. Use a t-chart or Venn diagram. Read Clifford's Good Manners. Have students brainstorm a list of good
manners. Have students write and illustrate their ideas. Make a class book. Read Clifford's I?irthday Party. Have students complete the sentence starter "I for his birthday." Have students illustrate
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the sentence. Make into a class book also titled Clifford's E?irthday Party. Math connection - Estimate how many dog bones are in a jar.
Clown Day- students come to school dressed like a clown. If possible, bring in a professional clown or someone who can make balloon animals. We made paper plate clowns. There is one hanging in the background on the board. Sorry that I do not have a better picture. If I was doing this now, I would do it this way: For the hat- I would give students a 9 X 12 sheet of construction paper and have them make it into a triangle. To make the dots, I would have them clip all four corners and round small squares. For the collar- I would give them a pre-cut shape for the collar and have them make dots by clipping corners and rounding squares. For the nose- clip four corners and round a square Use a crayon to add detai Is to the face The hair- glue on small pieces of yarn
Any circus theme ideas would be great for clown day. A few of my favorite clown books: 1000 Clowns: More or Less by H. Thomas Steele
C is for Clown by stan E?erenstain Clifford at the Circus by Norman E?ridwe" Miss E?indergarten plans a Circus With Kindergarten by Joseph Slate
Cupcakes For the cutest cupcake ideas, go to E?rookeperry's blog Primary Perspective. Under her labels, click on "cupcakes". You wi" find a mini cupcake unit, a cupcake measuring activity, and a patriotic cupcake glyph.
The mini-unit contains a writing and art activity for the book If You Give a Cat a Cupcake, a retelling activity, AE?Corder cards, a 5 senses activity, making words cards, and a cupcake how-to writing lesson
I would get Clifford for his b i rt hday.