Amber Brown Sees Red Extension Activities
- Grades: 3–5
About this book
Amber Brown Sees Red
With her Mom and Max engaged, Amber has a lot to think about. Her life is about to change in a big way. Then her Dad says that he is coming back to the United States and wants Amber to live with him. What will Amber do? Now her parents fight every time they talk on the phone. Amber Brown is so angry she is seeing red.
A Guide to Life for Amber Brown
At one point in the story, Amber says, "I wonder if I, Amber Brown, can have a guide to help me through all the changes in my life." As a class, make a list of the challenges and changes Amber has to face. Then, have each student write a list of 10 things they might suggest to Amber to make her days happier. These can be combined to create an Amber Brown Guide to help Amber through all her difficult times.
Amber gets angry when things start to go wrong. Ask your students to write a paragraph about something that made them angry. Ask students to describe why they were angry and how they handled it. As a follow-up, discuss constructive ways to express anger.
Invite children to celebrate their individual creativity by designing the team shirt for Amber's bowling team, the Pinsters. You can design the shirt on actual T-shirts using fabric paint, or you can use construction paper and crayons.
Skunk Day News
Amber's friend, Brandi Colwin, wants to be a news reporter. Challenge your students to write a newspaper article or present a news broadcast highlighting the events of Skunk Day. Your students can draw their own pictures of Skunk Day to go along with their articles. You can gather and bind the students' articles together to create a class newspaper.
Brandi always gets the scoop by keeping her ears open and always looking for a story. Have your students write stories by becoming undercover spies for a day. They should go to the lunchroom, playground, mall, etc., with notebook in hand, prepared to observe people and take notes. Encourage them to pay attention to how people talk and interact. Then have them use their observations to write their own dialogue, shaping it into a story by adding other details.