1-2-3 Come Make A Horton and Who With Me!
I always try to design some sort of "craftivity" to go with my lessons. This helps motivate students to get down to business and stay on task, so that they can transition to the fun center.
I especially love making a manipulative that students can use while I read the story, or to show me that they understand spatial directions.
I've also found that some quiet students really come out of their shell. when they are behind a mask, or talking for a puppet, so I designed a double puppet with this Peek A Boo activity.
How To Make Horton: Run off the elephant on gray construction paper. Because of copyright laws I did not draw the “real” Horton. Students color the tusks white and then cut their elephant out. Add wiggle eyes with glue dots for extra pizzazz.
The toilet paper trunk is simply covered with matching paper. Cut 2 slits so that you shove it between the elephant's tusks. Students cut out their clover “flower” curl the end of a green pipe cleaner and tape it to the back of the clover.
I fastened a mini white pom pom for the “dust speck” but you could also use a little piece of cotton ball. Stick the clover to Horton's trunk with a glue dot, or piece of rolled Scotch tape. The little poem on the clover says: Peek-a-me, Peek-a-you-Peek a Who from Whoville too!
Making a Who Popsicle stick Pop Up Puppet: Tape or glue-dot 2 Popsicle sticks end to end.
I got the picture of the Who from Coloring pages ABC. They have a variety of licensed characters that you can use to make worksheets to match your themes.
Because of copyrights, I did not make a page of Whos. You can click on the link and check out the Whoville characters you want, and then just copy and paste them into a word document so you can make them smaller.
Run off a master set, rough cut, and let students have a choice of a Who. They could also design their own.
Children color their who, trim and glue to the end of the Popsicle stick. I chose this girl from Whoville, because she had a feather on her head, so I added a feather for that finishing touch.
Children manipulate their puppets to show all sorts of spatial directions: “Poke your Who up, down, out, in" etc. "The Who is between the elephant’s eyes."
Students can also manipulate Horton and place him above their head, behind their back, in their left hand, in their right hand etc. If you don't want to fuss with the toilet paper roll puppet, you can use Horton for all sorts of writing prompts.
I've included 22 writing prompt "trunk" templates. Students' completed projects make an adorable Seuss bulletin board, for March is Reading Month.
Click on the link to view/download The Horton Writing Prompt Puppet.
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"Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh the thinks you can think up if only you try!" -Dr. Seuss