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Paper planes whizzed through the air. They were the worst-behaved class in the whole school. This cute classic was first published inbut is still relevant today, as a lighthearted reminder of how important it is to show our appreciation of others. When I read the story to my students, I wore a reversible "cape".
A lovely pastel floral print was on one side, when I became the sweet Miss Nelson. When I "transformed" into the terrible Miss Viola Swamp.
I've also donned a plastic witch nose, along with a few long black fingernails for my left hand, while pretending to be Viola. She is the crazy substitute teacher in three children's books by Harry Allard illustrated by James Marshall.
The books are entitled Miss Nelson is Missing!
The latter is by far my personal favorite. By this time, the children have become wonderful and very appreciative students. I highly recommend this great read aloud, and always kept a copy in my sub folder.
Because the book is so popular, I thought teachers would enjoy some activities to go with it. The Miss Nelson is Missing packet, includes a variety of writing, language arts and reading activites.
Plus some adorable "craftivities" to review even more standards. There are 76 word cards, plus a blank set to program with your own. Great for vocabulary building.
You can also use these as an opportunity to teach synonyms, antonyms, and adjectives, while reinforcing their importance in writing. One way to use the cards is as an assessment game.
I enjoyed sketching these memorable characters, particularly Viola. Hold up a word card and read it. Children decide which character they think that word describes and flip their Popsicle to the appropriate face.
For added pizzazz, I glued the facial circles to pink and green construction paper and then glued them back-to-back. The teacher then shows the correct answer and asks students if they know what the word means.
If not s he defines it. Because Miss Nelson and Miss Swamp are certainly "opposites" you can have a teachable moment, and ask students if Viola's qualities are antonyms for Miss Nelson's. I've also included several other adjective activities as well, including a sort of graphic organizer, where they jot down words that describe their teacher, Miss Nelson, and Viola Swamp.
The packet has 7 writing activities, including 2 class-made books. Children write about what happened to their entire class when their teacher came to school one day, but no one else did!
The other is entitled Our Teacher Is Missing.
As with the original story, students try and figure out what happened to their teacher, and write about one of their conclusions.
Other writing prompts have students explaining why they wouldn't want Miss Swamp to be their teacher, what qualities they feel a really good teacher pocesses, and 5 things they think their teacher might be doing if s he disappeared. Students will undoubtedly compare Miss Nelson and Viola to their own teacher.
To review this concept, have students choose one of 3 Venn diagrams. Students compare and contrast the characters to their own teacher, as well as the book to a similar story. I'm sure what your students fill in about you, will be quite amusing. My personal favorite activity in the packet is Swamp's Stocking Statements.
It's a cute way to review concepts of print. Completed projects make a wonderful back-to-school bulletin board or hallway display.
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To round things out, I included a page of discussion questions, a synopsis of the story and 2 "retell the story" bookmarks.
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