Boris and Bella is a BOOtiful story which can teach young readers how to watch the character for theme changes. It's an awesome read aloud for our Halloween activities. Bella Legrossi (the messiest monster in Booville) and Boris Kleanitoff (the tidiest monster in Booville) were neighbors who rubbed each other the wrong way. Kids will have fun listening to this Halloween story to find out if these two could ever be friends. By using the signpost strategy (Notice and Note Strategies for Close Reading by K. Beers and N. Probst), students can gain a better understanding of key elements in fictional text. When looking at the characters and major events, you can lead the class to see how these changes can affect the character over time. (This is the beginning of awareness for: character motivation, plot, conflict, foreshadowing ‘predictions’, and big life lessons or themes.) Questions that will lead your students to their very own ‘Ah- Ha’ moments are included.
Follow up activities include:
Anchor Charts (to post & refer to during lesson)
Read Aloud Questions for teacher
Follow up questions for students
Vocabulary practice…looking at word choice
Graphic Organizers to look at Character Traits & Major Events
Ghoulish Slime…just for fun!
Read Aloud Series:
Mr. Peabody's Apples ....Characters, lessons learned, & graphic organizers
Other Halloween theme Resources you may enjoy:
Halloween Math DOUBLE TROUBLE addition group scoot
Boris and Bella Characters, lessons learned, Halloween activities
Bats Close Reading , Informational text, annotation to show text evidence
The 'Haunted Verbs'....words in action....Fall & Halloween Fun Activities