Clifford and the Big Ice Cream Mess Lesson Plan
The Clifford crew's latest adventure teaches them an important lesson on asking for help. Engage your students in activities that reinforce the story and message.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5
About this book
When Emily Elizabeth's friend Charley decides to offer a group of tourists ice cream from his father's closed ice cream shop, something goes terribly wrong with the machine. Surrounded by an ice cream mess, Charley and Emily Elizabeth learn an important lesson about asking for help.
Children will participate in book talks to gain and share meaning, retell the story, and make connections to real-life experience. They will also write a response to the story.
Show the children the book Clifford and the Big Ice Cream Mess. Ask them to look at the illustration and describe what is happening. Can they predict how the problem might be solved?
- Ask the children to recall the sequence of events in the story and record their answers on a sheet of chart paper. Ask the students to describe the setting. Who are the main characters? Invite them to summarize the story. What is the story about?
- Engage the class in a discussion about the meaning of the story. Ask questions to encourage sharing of ideas. What do you think the author wanted us to learn from this story? Do you think that Charley did something wrong when he gave the tourists ice cream? What would your students have done if they were in this situation? How do you think Charley's father felt when he came back and saw the ice cream mess? What was the lesson that Emily Elizabeth and Charley learned?
- Ask the class if they have ever been in a similar situation where they should have asked for help, but did not. Have they ever done something that they know they are not supposed to do? What lessons did they learn from these situations?
- Lined paper or lined story paper
- Pencil, markers, and crayons
- Provide the children with the suggested writing materials. Write the title and author's name on a chalkboard or chart paper. Ask the class to copy the information on the first lines of their paper. Ask them to write on the following topic: What would you have done if you were with Charley and Emily Elizabeth?
- Work with the students to edit their work. Then invite them to create drawings to illustrate their responses.
- Invite the class to share their responses during group time.
Other Books About Ice Cream
Let's Find Out About Ice Cream by Mary Ebeltoft Reid
Nonfiction, full-color photographs show the step-by-step process of how ice cream is made.
I Like Ice Cream by Robin Pickering
Young children will enjoy learning about the process of making ice cream and the many ways of eating it.
Curious George Goes to an Ice Cream Store by H. A. Rey
The ice cream store is the perfect setting for Curious George to create mischief and havoc and triumph in the end.
Other Clifford Books by Josephine Page
- Clifford Big Red Reader: Tummy Trouble
- Clifford Big Red Reader: Big Leaf Pile
- Clifford Saves the Whales
Teaching plan written by Risa Young