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Children love Eric Carle's colorful illustrations and animal characters. I do an author study with my class and my students love making painted paper like Eric Carle's. The pop-up format makes <a href="http://bookwizard.scholastic.c... Honeybee and the Robber</i></a> especially appealing to students. Students love using the pop-up features to tell the story.
- The Honeybee and the Robber by Eric Carle
- pencils (one per student)
- paper (one piece per student)
- Sharpie marker
- chart paper
- chart stand
- large paper plates (about 12)
Students will "recognize that people and other animals interact with the environment through their senses of sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste." --Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework
Turn to the page where the bee does the dance to show where the flowers were. Talk about how bees uses these dances to communicate.
Have a student use one of the patterns displayed on the chart paper to step on the corresponding plates. While the student is doing the "bee dance," have other students use the paper and pencils to record the pattern. When the dance is done, have students try to identify which dance it was.
Try laying out more paper plates to give students the option of creating more intricate dances.
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