Ideas and Related Activities
Label for the Pebble
a fun writing activity to do following reading Sylvester and the Magic
Pebble. At the end of the book, Sylvester's dad
put the iron pebble in an iron safe to prevent something similar
happening again. Tell you students that Sylvester's dad needs help
making a warning label for the pebble because the next person who opens
the safe needs to know about the pebble's magic powers.
Pass out the Magic Pebble Warning
Label handout and have the children fill in the sections. (We
put two per page to save paper so you will need to pre-cut the
will be a good check for reading comprehension and give the students
some practice writing and describing things. (The empty box is where
they draw the--yes--pebble!)
Okay, yes, I am
recommending an acrostic poem. It's not the most wildly creative idea,
but kids LOVE doing them, and it is an excellent way to get students to
think more deeply about a subject.
One of the key themes in
this book is to be grateful for what you have. Sylvester couldn't wait
to make a ton of wishes, but then, in the end, he realized
that he had everything he really wanted all along.
Have the students do an acrostic poem of the things and people
that they are grateful for.
We've made a Grateful Acrostic
handout for you to use. Here's a small version at right.
That's a pebble it's on, in case you can't tell in the small picture.
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