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Since this book title keeps cropping up, I thought I might send on a lesson
plan. Wish I could say it was original -- adapted from a plan shared at a
Show students examples of children's ABC books, preferably Graeme Base's
Animalia. This book is as much fun for adults as is it for young children.
Your local library should have a copy or Books-A-Million carries it in the
art section as well as the intermediate reader section.
Assign each student a letter of the alphabet (I had them draw their letter
from a hat). Pass out handout. I had them do the illustration in mixed media:
colored pencil, marker, watercolor washes. These make an impressive display
that students, teachers and parents really enjoy. Could donate entire
alphabet to a nursery school or kindergarten class.
Letter that you are to illustrate:
Use only words that begin with this letter to fill in the charts below.
Animal/Person Types Action Words Objects Adjectives
EX: Ballerina,Baboon Bouncing, Buying Beach Ball, Bubbles Bright,
1. 1. 1. 1.
2. 2. 2. 2.
3. 3. 3. 3.
4. 4. 4. 4.
5. 5. 5. 5.
Write at least 3 creative phrases below using the words above.
Choose a phrase and use it to create an illustration for a children's
alphabet book. The more you elaborate the better.
PHRASE TO ILLUSTRATE:
Will send hard copy, if anyone is interested and will send snail mail