Sunday, July 15, 2012

Love for Elmer {Freebie}

 Hi everyone!  I have been super busy with the summer to do starts back for me in 14 days!  My plan is to catch up on my book studies and share all of my projects with you this week.  I'll be back on track soon! :)

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.



  1. Cute idea' I love Elmer, too. I have made a tissue paper collage of Elmer which turns out really cute.

  2. I LOVE Elmer. I've always done the story during letter E week but you're right he would be a perfect beginning of the year story. I'm sooooo pinning your post so I can remember. Thanks for the freebie.
    ✰ Stacy

    Simpson Superstars

  3. We always review colors at the beginning of the year & this is perfect!! Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful idea!! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  4. Very cute! I have never read this book before. I will have to check it out! Don't you just love when you can find the characters to go with the books?


  5. Thanks for the freebies. Elmer is one of my favorites also. In fact my book has almost been "loved" to death. I'll need to get a new copy soon. I like how you add the amazon info.
    Enjoy the rest of your summer.

  6. Thanks for sharing this resource!

  7. I just found your blog thru the giveaway at Mrs. I's class. I'm so glad I did! I quickly found this Elmer freebie and just had to have it! It will be perfect for miy first graders next year. Thanks so much. I'm your newest follower. Come stop by my blog if you get a chance!
    First Grade Found Me


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