CLIFFORD AND THE BEANSTALK
Emily works hard to prepare for an audition for the lead in the school
play, but loses the role to Jetta. Jetta, however, worries more about
what she'll wear than learning her lines, and Emily has to step in
and perform the role at the last minute. Jetta learns the hard way
that hard work and preparation are the things that make a person successful.
Big Idea: Be Responsible
activities encourage children to work together toward a common goal
and to learn that everyone has a responsibility to the group during
a performance. These activities will enhance:
- life skills and social literacy skills
critical and creative thinking skills
music appreciation and performance skills
Musical Medley Show
your child's favorite songs, perform a musical medley together. Use
household items to make musical instruments. For example: Shake dried
beans in a plastic container, tap different-sized glasses gently with
a spoon, run a ruler down the spiral of a notebook or a whisk over
a cheese grater.
With a Group:
Create a "Homemade Band," in which each child plays a homemade instrument.
Invite parents to hear the group perform the musical medley, and ask
parents who can play musical instruments to be part of the show.
thinking is a key to effective problem-solving. Have the children
work together in groups to build structures by gluing craft sticks
or cut-up straws together. Challenge your children to make their structures
as strong as possible. Then have them experiment to see how much weight
each structure can support.
a book of children's poetry, such as The 20th Century Children's
Poetry Treasury edited by Jack Prelutsky, have each child pick
a favorite poem to memorize and recite to the class. Suggest strategies
to make memorizing a poem easier, such as breaking the poem into chunks
and memorizing a couple of lines a day instead of all at once. Encourage
the children to practice for one another other before the big day
comes when they recite the poems for the group.