By Phyllis Howard and Mariann Cigrand
First, read aloud The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush by Dr. Seuss. Then invite children to write and illustrate their own page for an adorable literature-based collaborative book.
Dr. Seuss uses rhyme to tell the story of life’s great balancing act. Before you read, explain that this is a story about taking responsibility. Review with students what it means to be responsible, particularly for your own actions. Provide concrete examples as necessary. As you read, pause to ask students what the main character should do. For example, when he’s stuck in the perch, what are his choices? What should he do?
Writing & Art
The narrator describes many interesting and colorful places. Explain that there are many other places to travel. Where would your students like to go? If they could go anywhere, where would they choose? They may begin with “I will go to_________.” Encourage students to include one reason they chose this particular place. What would they see and do there? When writing is complete, students can draw themselves and other people in their car.