Enjoy these 8 extension activities to accompany the beloved story Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes! These activities are perfect for Back to School, or for any time of the year!
Language Arts Activities:
- Word Work with Chrysanthemum
Students cut out and rearrange the letters in Chrysanthemum's name to build new words. Then, students choose three words they built and use them in a sentence.
- Superb Summary
Students complete a summary organizer (Someone, Wanted, But, So, Then) and then write a summary paragraph.
- Comparing and Contrasting Chrysanthemum
Differentiated Venn Diagram organizers for both drawing and writing. Students can compare & contrast Chrysanthemum with another character from the story, or choose 2 characters to compare & contrast.
- Chrysanthemum’s Character Traits
Students record Chrysanthemum's character traits on a brainstorming web. Then, students can name three character traits Chrysanthemum has and write/draw evidence from the story.
- Chrysanthemum’s Sensational Sequencing
Students cut out story events and glue them in the correct order on the opposite side of the page.
- Chrysanthemum’s Changing Feelings
Students identify a feeling word to describe how Chrysanthemum felt at the beginning and the end of the story and support ideas by writing about or illustrating specific events from the story.
- Numbers in Our Names: Letters in Name Tally/Graph
Students collect data and count the letters in each of their classmates names. Then, students tally, graph, and interpret data.
- Mailbox Math
*Shoutout to the lovely Cara Carroll for this wonderful activity concept!
Included are 2 letters from Chrysanthemum to students in the class asking for help with a problem! Perfect for guided practice.
Students then complete corresponding story problem insert as independent practice.