A Bad Case of Stripes has always been one of my favorite books to share with students. It provides a great lesson while also being very entertaining. I also love Storyline Online’s reading of it that you can find HERE.
When I was organizing all of my materials I was able to go back and look over the different activities we have for each book. I wanted to spend some time talking about the different things you can do with this book in your classroom.
There are so many great talking points throughout the book. Having book questions planned before reading really helps get the most out of your read aloud time!
There are also so many different topics students can write about after reading the story. They can describe the main character, write a summary, write about the lesson learned, make connections, etc. Drawing Camilla is always a lot of fun since she is so colorful throughout the book!
This book is also full of great vocabulary words. There are so many words that can be previewed with your students before even starting the read aloud. That helps your students to comprehend what is being read better. For more exposure to the words, students can draw pictures, match definitions, or look at the words within sentences.
We love tying nonfiction texts in as much as possible. With this story we paired a nonfiction reader that is all about germs. Students learn (especially at the beginning of the year) how to stay healthy and keep germs from spreading!
Oh, and here’s an easy way to store all of the anchor chart pieces. Just clip each set together so that you can file them away for next year! If they are laminated, they can be taped onto a chart to use and then taken off to store.
Another great comprehension focus is writing a summary. The Somebody Wanted But So Then Finally strategy works well with any book that has a main character who faces a problem. So, this book is PERFECT for that strategy.