“Elmer and Rose”, by David McKee (book not included) is a wonderful book celebrating differences. This book introduces Rose, a shy, pink elephant that blushes easily. It lends itself to great vocabulary and compare/contrast activities as well as designing their own “unique” elephant and describing how they are unique! I hope you enjoy the “Elmer” books as much as I do!
Contents and Directions:
Page 1 – Cover Page
Page 2 – Contents and Directions
Page 3 – Vocabulary Cards
Page 4-5 – Sequencing Cards with words
Page 6-7 – Comprehension Questions with choices
Page 8-9 – “Where is Rose” – spatial concept cards
Page 10 – Design Your Own “unique” elephant – Students can then practice describing skills.
Page 11-12 – Compare/Contrast – Students compare elephants by the shapes, sizes, and colors on them
Page 13 – I’m Unique – Students draw a picture of themselves and list their “unique” interests and talents
Page 14 – Elmer and Rose Puzzle – open-ended activity – print one for each student in the group + one extra – laminate and cut out the pieces. Students earn a puzzle piece by responding to your own skill cards. If they get a piece they already have, it goes back in the pile. The student that finishes their puzzle first is the winner although I always make sure they all finish the puzzle!