Thelma the Unicorn by Aaron Blabey is a book LOVED by kids. It has a great message for students—to be happy with who you are.
This response journal and fun craft activities will help make this unit easy for you and worthwhile for the kids.
The two crafts in this unit are:
*Make a Thelma and write about why you are happy being you
*Make a rainbow with colored strips about what makes you special
Both crafts include all patterns and make great bulletin boards.
The reading response journal includes 22 different response pages. simply copy the pages you would like for your class to work on (I choose about 4-5) and copy with the cover on top!
*Journal Cover Page
*Beginning, Middle, and End-- two versions: students write their response, or they glue the correct sentence
*Cause and Effect--Students can write their own or use the picture cards
*Problem and Solution
*Most important part of the story and reason
*Favorite part and reason
*Words to describe Thelma
*Words to describe Otis
*Text to Self Connection (who’s picture would you look at to feel better)
*Creativity—Draw and write about an imaginary animal
*Giving an opinion and supporting it—Was Otis a good friend? Would you like to be famous?
*Making Predictions—What will Thelma do next?
*Writing a friendly letter to the characters
*Story sequencing (put 6 events in order)
*Writing “I am happy to be me because____”
*Writing “I am a good friend because____”
*Moral—What lesson did Thelma learn?
*Story is like real life/Not like real life
*Thelma Word Search (great for early finishers!)
Plus 12 story discussion cards!