Norman Bridwell’s Clifford books are, of course, very popular with preschool and early elementary school-aged students. If you’re looking for a quick activity to reinforce the Character icon for Valentine’s Day for the younger set, pick up a copy of Clifford’s First Valentine’s Day or Clifford’s Valentines.
- Read the book for enjoyment.
Retell the story to the students using Braidy Doll.
Copy the Character Icon Picture Frame from our Braidy Manual, page 134, one for each student.
Give each child the Heart Handout (download) printed on red paper. (There are many similar activities found on Pinterest.)
Have students cut, assemble, glue and add details to the picture as shown.
Give each child a Character Writing Page from our Braidy manual (page 148) and do the same activity but ask each child to write a sentence or two about what they LOVE about Clifford!
For older students, you may want to plan a character writing lesson similar to our recent Frosty lesson using the Character Map from our Braidy Manual found on page 159.
Whichever activity you choose, have a Happy Valentine’s Day!
Sheila Zagula works with MindWing Concepts in product development, drawing on her expertise and talents as well as many years of implementing the Story Grammar Marker® and related materials. Her teaching career spans thirty-eight years, most recently as literacy coach in the Westfield Massachusetts Public School System. Sheila has experience as an early childhood educator, a teacher of children with special needs, and a collaborative instructor within an inclusion framework serving children in grades K-5.
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