Do you need activities that cover both reading standards and social emotional learning for your students? These Strictly No Elephants activities are perfect!
Strictly No Elephants is an amazingly heartwarming story about inclusivity and embracing differences. Grab a copy of the book, then check out how I use it with my kiddos!
Reading Comprehension Crafts
Have students learn about summarizing stories or writing about story elements with 2 fun differentiated crafts.
In the first project, students can practice retelling a story using the first, then, next and last structure. They then combine it into a fun flip book.
Students can also practice story structure by showing their knowledge about the character, setting, problem and solution of Strictly No Elephants.
These adorable crafts make great bulletin boards or talking points for parent-teacher events.
Writing Projects for Strictly No Elephants
Connecting writing to literature is a great way to get students to write more in depth and creative pieces.
Some of my FAVORITE writing prompts that go along with Strictly No Elephants (while also covering every genre) include:
- All About Elephants (informative writing)
- How to Be a Good Friend (procedural writing)
- Strictly No Elephants Book Report (opinion writing)
- Strictly __________ (narrative writing)
There are so many different parts of the day that you can use these prompts, including writing centers, writing warm ups, reading centers, early finishers and more.
Reading Comprehension Worksheets
Students can practice EVERY COMMON CORE STANDARD with the book Strictly No Elephants.
The opportunities are endless, but my favorites are:
- Making Predictions
- Asking & Answering Questions
- Making Connections
- Story Elements
- Character Changes
- Compare and Contrast
- My Favorite Part
Strictly No Elephants Activities & Word Work
Students can interact with the text beyond reading comprehension.
Some great word work activities that go along with this book include:
- Directed Draw & Write (About Elephants)
- Making Words
- Cracking Secret Codes
- Unscrambling Important Words
- Word Search (for fun!)
Social Emotional Topics to Teach with Strictly No Elephants
Strictly No Elephants is a delightful children’s book by Lisa Mantchev. It tells the story of a young boy named Teddy who loves animals, especially his beloved pet elephant, Petey.
When Petey is not allowed in the local playground, Teddy must find a way to include him in the fun.
With the help of his friends and some creative thinking, Teddy learns that there are other ways to show love and kindness to all kinds of animals.
In the end, Teddy and his friends discover that, with a little bit of imagination, everyone can find a way to play together.
This book is a heartwarming reminder that friendship, creativity, and empathy can bring people and animals together.
Grab These Strictly No Elephant Activities!
Don’t forget to grab a copy of the book, Strictly No Elephants, as well!
What are your favorite Strictly No Elephants activities to use with your classroom?
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