Big Al Lesson Plan
Big Al is a nice title to use when talking about differences and trying to fit in. Students enjoy creating colorful patterns on the paper fish. In this lesson, students will "identify, reproduce, describe, extend, and create color... repeating patterns with simple attributes, e.g., ABABAB . . . " --Massachusetts Mathematics Curriculum Framework
- Big Al by Andrew Clements
- writing pencils
- white construction paper
- chart paper
- Using the fish in Big Al as a model, draw the outline of a fish. Use the copy machine to make enough copies for each of your students. (You may want to make some extras.)
Using one of the fish papers as a model, talk with students about how they might create a pattern. Ideas may include stripes, spots, zigzags, scales. Use the Cray-Pas and chart paper to demonstrate some of the possible patterns.
Before students begin to color their own fish, have them write their name on the back. After they have colored their pattern, they can use scissors to cut out their fish.
Post their fish on a bulletin board, for a festive and colorful display. Use blue paper for the background to simulate ocean water.
Supporting All Learners
Remind students that Cray-Pas tend to smudge. They will want to be careful not to drag their hands through the artwork.
Have students take on the role of Big Al and act out various scenes from the book.