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A House for Corduroy

Create a house for the lovable character Corduroy after experiencing Don Freeman’s book, Corduroy.

  • Grade 1
    Kindergarten
  • 30 Minutes or Less
  • Directions

    1. Pre-cut Crayola® Construction Paper in the following shapes: a bear, a door, a house, a roof and grass. Students will need one of each of these pre-cut shapes.
    2. Using a black Crayola® Super Tips Washable Marker,or another Washable Crayola Marker,draw a face on each of the bear shapes.
    3. Read Corduroy by Don Freeman to the class. Provide sufficient time for students to experience the illustrations in the story.
    4. Talk about Corduroy’s journey. What did he find along the way that he always wanted?
    5. Give each student a piece of blue construction paper, pre-cut house, roof, bear, door, grass shapes and Crayola No-Run School Glue or Crayola Glue sticks.
    6. Ask the students to create a house for Corduroy using the glue and pre-cut shapes.
    7. Give students assorted Crayola Crayons and ask them to add detail to their art work. For example, Corduroy’s face, his clothes, shutters for the house, or a sun.
    8. Once the students have completed their work, ask them to find a partner to talk about Corduroy’s house. Pose these or similar questions to generate conversation: What would it be like inside? What do you think he has in his refrigerator? What kind of games does he have?
  • Standards

    LA: With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details.

    LA: With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.

    LA: Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding.

    LA: Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly.

    MATH: Identify and describe shapes.

    VA: Students will initiate making works of art and design by experimenting, imagining and identifying content.

    VA: Students will reflect on, share insights about, and refine works of art and design.

  • Adaptations

    Use Crayola® Washable Kid’s Paint and white paper and allow students to finger paint Corduroy’s house!

    Have the students bring their favorite stuffed animal in and have a “Celebration for Stuffed Animals” in your classroom! Hold a discussion focused on what types of homes or habitats the animals typically live in.

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