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Friendly Dragon-Flies

Imagine if dragons could fly! Children spread their creative wings as they design friendly paper dragons and write about their adventures.

  • Grade 1
    Grade 2
  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Directions

    1. Read a story about flying dragons to the class. Don't show the children any pictures of the illustrations. Ask students if they can imagine what such a dragon would look like?
    2. Dragons are often portrayed in Western folklore as frightening, fire-breathing creatures. Chinese dragons typically are less fearsome. Ask students if their dragons would be large or small? Friendly or Mean? Growling or Smiling?
    3. Using Crayola® Crayons, students draw a picture of a friendly, flying dragon on construction paper. Include details to show the land and sky around the dragon.
    4. Use Crayola Washable Markers to add large areas of bold color and fine lines to the flying dragon drawing.
    5. Students write a story about their dragon’s adventures. Where does it fly? What does it do there? Who does it meet? Display the drawing and story together in the classroom.
  • Standards

    LA: Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

    LA: Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting or plot.

    LA: Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding word s.

    LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

    LA: Participate in shared research and writing projects.

    SCI: Ask questions about the natural and human-built worlds.

    SS: Describe ways in which language, stories, folktales, music, and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture and influence behavior of people living in a particular culture.

    VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

    VA: Select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning.

  • Adaptations

    Working in small groups, students discuss animals that fly. Students make a list of these animals. If the teacher has a dragon story, share it with the groups and have them share what they know about dragons. Post this information for all students to view.

    Have students explain what a fantasy is. Working in teams of two, students create an imaginary creature, identifying the unique qualities of their creation. Students compose an original story using their imaginary creature as a main character. Students illustrate important scenes from their story. Bind their stories into book-like formats and display in the classroom for student reading.

    Working in small groups, students create flying dragon mobiles to display in the classroom.


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  • Capacity.
  • Collaboration.
  • Change.
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