TO CATCH A BIRD (Episode
When Emily Elizabeth is accused of stealing, the dogs, led by Clifford,
take it upon themselves to prove her innocence. Clifford learns the value
of having faith in a friend.
Big Idea: Be a Good Friend
It is never too early to teach children ways to express their gratitude
and their appreciation of others, whether it's done with art or with
words. These activities develop:
- art appreciation
- life and social literacy skills
Emily Elizabeth was grateful to Clifford and the dogs for believing
in her. A terrific way for people to express their appreciation for
a good deed, special event, gift, or visit is to create a homemade thank-you
card. Have the child think of someone who should be thanked. Then provide
construction paper, glue, glitter, scissors, and markers or crayons
to use in making the card. Encourage the child to use a combination
of words and pictures to express the feeling of gratitude and the reason
for saying, "Thank you!"
With a Group:
Urge the children to think about somebody who works "behind-the-scenes"
at their school who hasn't yet been recognized by the groupperhaps
a volunteer, a custodian, school secretary, or bus driver. Create a
place for writing and stock it with plenty of drawing and writing materials.
Then encourage the children to recognize a hard-working individual with
art or with words.
A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams, 1984
The Adventures of Taxi Dog by Debra and Sal Barracca, pictures
by Mark Buehner, 1990