About This Lesson Plan

SUBJECT
Reading, Arts and Creativity, Arts and Crafts, Language Arts

GRADE
K-2

DURATION
2 Class Periods

King Bidgood's in the Bathtub Lesson Plan

Children enjoy watching the court deal with the crazy king in King Bidgood's in the Bathtub. And with such a sumptuous castle, it's a great way to talk about and experience "setting." Students love watching the unpredictable king and his antics in the tub.

OBJECTIVE
Students will "identify the elements of plot, character, and setting in a favorite story." --Massachusetts English/Language Arts Curriculum Framework

MATERIALS

  • King Bidgood's in the Bathtub by Audrey Wood
  • plain masks (1 per student. Available through a craft store.)
  • feathers
  • craft jewels
  • assorted strips of ribbon
  • glue
  • Further materials for other masquerade activities are optional, and can be found in "After reading the book."

SET UP AND PREPARE
While making the masks will take 30 to 40 minutes, you will need to judge how long you want to hold the masquerade ball for.

Talk to students about setting. Tell them that when you are done reading, you will be asking about the setting. Later, you will be recreating the setting.

DIRECTIONS

Have students decorate masks using jewels, ribbon, and feathers. (You may find other appropriate supplies to add to the masks.)

Fill a water table with soapy water and add a child's fishing game. Remind students at the beginning of the festivities that the soapy water needs to stay IN the water table. You can find magnetic poles and fish at a toy store, or create laminated fish with paper clips and poles from unsharpened pencils with magnets dangling from string.

Serve some fancy foods. Arrange fruit on a fancy tray or platter. Use cloth tablecloths on the tables. Create a cake featuring a marzipan "king in a bathtub."

Let students try to dance to medieval or baroque music. Have students create castle backdrops on long sheets of butcher paper. They can draw columns and archways that can then be hung around the classroom.

LESSON EXTENSION
Act out the book for another class.

Related Resources
www.audreywood.com

About the Author

Jeremy Brunaccioni is a kindergarten teacher in Massachusetts.

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