Thursday, February 24, 2011

Ch-ch-ch-changes: Exploring Descriptive Text with Chameleons

The Mixed-Up ChameleonThis week our Eric Carle book was The Mixed Up Chameleon. In this story, a chameleon not only changes colors, he adds attributes of other animals. For instance, when he says, "I wish I could swim like a fish", he grows fins. In the end, he learns that he needs to just be himself in order to get what he needs.

After reading the book, we explored changes.
I made some playdough  using this recipe.


Look, I got a new camera!! You can actually see my pictures!!!
 I divided the playdough into four parts and "hid" some food coloring in the center of each part of playdough.

 As we kneeded the playdough, it changed colors. I helped the boys make a connection to the text by saying things like, "Look, the playdough is changing colors just like the mixed up chameleon changed colors in the book." (This could make a great link into animal adaptations or camaflouge).

sorry about the runny nose... the new camera captures the good, the bad... and the ugly!
Then I invited Logan to create a new character. I included wiggly eyes, feathers, pipe cleaners, beads, sequins, tooth picks, and clothespins in a tub for him.

As he was creating I would say, "Oh, that hair looks like a porcupine." Sometimes he would contribute his own ideas like, "No, it has hair like a bird." We tried to stick with Carle's writing structure of "I wish I had ____like a _____" as we talked about our creatures.

This would make a great writing starter for early learners. They
 could either just fill in the blanks or write their own descriptive paragraph of their new creature. It might look something like this.
I created a ________________. (Make up a name for your creature)
It has ___(hair)_____ like a ______(bird)___________.
OR
It is _______(funny)_____ like a ______(seal)_____________. (an example from Carle's book).

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4 comments:

  1. What a great activity to go along with this book!! The playdough turned out really pretty too :-)

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  2. How Lovely! Love the idea of making the playdough change colour! Brilliant. And playing with playdough is always fun!!

    Thank you for linking up!

    Maggy

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  3. We love mixing colors in the playdoh here, and the pretend creature is adorable!

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  4. I love the idea of do a writing project with the creatures created.

    Thanks for linking to Read.Explore.Learn.

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