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Craft for What in the World? Numbers in Nature

What in the World cover


How to make a rainbow mobile

8 ½ by 11” white paper
cotton balls
streamers of red, orange, yellow, blue, green, indigo and violet
tape or glue
hole punch
yarn or string (about 5” pieces)


1. Print this cloud template, or one of your choosing. Cut it out.
2. Cut streamers into desired length (about 6-8”). Fold and cut in half width-wise. (Streamers move in breeze nicely, but construction paper strips can be used as well.)
3. Tape or glue one of each color onto bottom of cloud.
4. Punch a hole in the middle of cloud’s top.
5. Poke yarn or string piece through and tie knot.
6. Tape or glue on cotton balls.
7. Hang your cloud mobile.


Activities for Way Down Below Deep

Way Down Below Deep cover

Way Down Below Deep cover

Click for complete color Activity Guide, including creature cards and games, as well as two coloring pages.

Please comment about how you used it with your class or story time group!


Activities for A is for Alliguitar: Musical Alphabeasts

Alliguitar study guide



Here is a grab bag of printable activities about the animals, the instruments, and combinations of the two.  Enjoy! And let me know how you used them with your group.






Activities for On a Windy Night



Preread by looking through the illustrations. Have students predict what will happen in the story.

Read the book. After several repetitions of the refrain, pause for students to supply the rhyming words sack and back.

Reread the book, pausing for children to supply the last word in each rhyming pair.

Talk about the story.
What is the boy imagining in the story? What really happens?
Have you ever been afraid of something that didn’t turn out to be too scary after all?

First Grade

Picture books are made up of words and pictures.
Who writes the words? Authors. Who is the author of this book?
Who draws the pictures? Illustrators. Who is the illustrator of this book?

Talk about how the words and pictures work together.

Have students find places where pictures, rather than words, tell the story.

Have students point out words that describe something, such a windy and winding.

Second Grade

Have students read rhyme with expression.

Have them identify rhyming words at ends of line.

Ask them to point out where the rhythm changes near the beginning and end of the story.

Challenge them to find examples of alliteration, such as cracklety-clack.

Have them predict:
Will the boy see the cat behind him?
Will he look back?
Will he get home safely?

Have students identify cause and effect.
What might be making the cracklety-clack sound throughout the story?
What is scaring the boy?
Who is making the “awful shriek”?
Why is the boy out of breath?
What is making the soft cracklety-clack sound on the final page?
How do you think the mouse got into the house? (Hint: Look at the very first illustration.)

Have students discuss:
Who is the main character in this story?
When does this story take place?
Where does the story take place?
What happens when the boy is walking home?
Why does the voice get louder?
How does the boy find courage to look back near the end?

More What questions:
What different things in the story might make a cracklety-clack sound?
What do you think the boy will do at the end of the story?
What would you do?

Activities for A Kitten’s Year

kyear A Student’s Year by Room ______

A (fill in current grade) student…

________ September

________ October

________ November

________ December

________ January

________ February

________ March

________ April

________ May

________ June

And grows into a ________ grader.

Contributed by Mary Bannister,  Teacher- Library Media

Specialist at Whittier Elementary, Seattle