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Chrystanthemum is one of my favorite beginning of the year books. But, after doing it so many years in a row, I needed to change up the activities that I did after I read the book aloud. Last year I found an adorable Chrysanthemum activity on Mrs. Bonzer's website . I did it with my class and they loved it. We had the bouquet of flowers in my classroom all year as a decoration. I then sent home the flowers on the last day of school. When I passed them out at the end of the year, the students even remembered why they had put the number of leaves, petals and popsicle sticks. I'm definetely going to do it again this year. Here's a picture of our bouquet:
Another thing I do with this book is I made a picture of Chrysanthemum and then laminated it. As I'm reading the story, each time Chrysanthemum is made fun of, I let a volunteer draw a line over her with a vis-a-vis marker to show how hurt she is from the awful way she is being treated. At the end of the story, we wipe her clean because she feels a lot better.
If you have any other cute ideas for Chrysanthemum, post a comment. I'd love to hear them.
Check out Learning With Mrs. Parker to see other great beginning of the year reading ideas.
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