I guest blogged for Randi at Teach it With Class last Friday. Here it is in case you missed it.
One of the things I've been thinking about this week are my favorite read alouds for the beginning of school. I'm a huge fan of The Kissing Hand, Chrysanthemum, and Pete the Cat! But I also LOVE reading the story of Elmer the elephant! Who doesn't love a patchwork elephant, right? He has always been a favorite amongst my little ones.
|Isn't that Elmer plush the cutest thing ever?? Love it!|
You could use this story to spark a discussion on uniqueness and why it is ok to be different, for a color unit, or simply in conjunction with the letter E. There are also tons of adorable art projects you could make using colored construction paper squares or strips or colored tissue paper.
I've made a simple "Patchwork Elephant" coloring activity to share with you. There are two pages- the first is just a simple free-style coloring handout and the second is a specific color by the code with number words and color words. Click on the image to download.