CIRCUS STARS (Episode 109a)
When Gordo the elephant, star of the circus, comes down with an ear infection,
Clifford has to step in and take his place. Starstruck Clifford learns
that "stars" are just regular people and, like everyone else, they sometimes
need a helping hand.
Big Idea: Help Others
By thinking, writing about, and illustrating ways in which others
have helped them, and by thinking of ways to help others, children will
develop skills in:
- social and emotional development
- language and literacy
Ask the child to think of a time when someone was particularly helpful.
Help the child write and illustrate the narrative of the experience,
including the feelings that it aroused. You can take dictation from
the child and then read what the child has said. You may want to provide
sentence starters, such as:
- It really helped me when . . .
- I was having a hard time until . . .
- I remember when . . .
With a Group:
After the children have written about their experiences, assemble their
stories into a bulletin board display or class book.
Big as an Elephant!
Imagine being as big as Clifford! Help your child write a story about
what life would be like if he or she were as big as Clifford. Stimulate
the child's imagination about the differences in everyday occurrences,
- bedtime and sleeping arrangements
- things that would be easier to do
- things that would be harder to do
Have the child dictate a story to you.
With a Group:
Have the children brainstorm ways in which they, as a group, can help
others in the community. List their ideas as they suggest them. Suggest
some of the following toget their thinking started:
- brighten the day of a senior citizen by giving artwork as a present
- help a local shelter by collecting food, clothing, or toys
- help a teacher by offering to clean chalkboards, erasers, or desks
Remember to praise the children for their kind thoughts and ideas.
Finally, go out and do it!