By Phyllis Howard and Mariann Cigrand
First, read aloud There's a Wocket in My Pocket! by Dr. Seuss. Then invite children to write and illustrate their own page for an adorable literature-based collaborative book.
The narrator tells of the imaginary creatures that live in his house. Each creature’s name rhymes with the place in the house where it lives. Pause occasionally before the end of each rhyme to allow children to speculate and say the rhyming word.
Writing & Art
In advance, cut out enough pockets so that there is one for each child. Cut white card stock into 2- by 2-inch pieces so that you have one card for each student and a few extras. To introduce the writing assignment, ask students what types of things they carry in their pockets. Ask children what they would like to carry in their pockets that might not fit. Encourage students to use their imagination.
Distribute the student writing pages, pocket templates, and white cards. On the white cards, have children illustrate something that they would like to put in their pocket. Then have them complete the sentence prompt “There’s a ___________ in my pocket.” Challenge more proficient writers to add details about the object in their pocket. Ask: “What does it look like? Where did it come from?” Encourage children to color their shirts and add a pattern if they wish. Help students glue a pocket onto their shirt. Glue around the sides and bottom of the pocket, leaving the top open. (This is difficult for younger students.) When the glue has dried, show them how to store the drawing of their object in the pocket.