TO CATCH A BIRD (Episode 110a)

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.

Clifford's Big Idea: Be a Good FriendClifford's Big Idea: Be a Good Friend

Objective:
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

Homemade Thank-You CardsHomemade Thank-You Cards

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!"

I Appreciate YouI Appreciate 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 group—perhaps 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.

Storybook Suggestions

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


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