I believe that a good teacher not only does great activities with children, but also shares these activities with others. The following is an acitivty that has outlasted the printing of the book, Humbug Witch, by Lorna Balian, and has been done by many teachers for many years. At one school, a team of first grade teachers rotates the book between classrooms as they only have one copy and all the children have a chance to create their witch.
The students are given a large white sheet of paper with a pre-glued oval on it. They are told,
"We are going to be reading a story about a witch.
Before we read, I am going to tell you what the witch looks like and you draw what you think she will look like. I will NOT show you the illustrations until our drawings are done. (Make sure the students cannot see the illustrations)
She has a large nose. (pause and let children draw after each sentence)
She has beedy eyes.
She has 2 crooked teeth.
She has on a black pointed hat that is slightly scrunched.
She has LONG red hair. So long that it touches the ground.
She has on long white and red stripped socks.
She has funny looking black shoes.
She has on a plaid dress (explain what plaid is)
She has on a black home-made shawl.
She is wearing orange gloves.
She has a broom.
She has friend that is a black cat named Fred."
1. The illustrations are simply drawn.
2. The main character is somewhat creative in visual appearance.
3. Your children have NOT seen any part of this book or a picture of the character ever before.
Happy Drawing and Reading =) Amanda