Do You Want to Be My Friend? Lesson Plan
Students will love making their own painted paper book in the style of Eric Carle.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2
Children love Eric Carle's colorful illustrations and animal characters in Do You Want to Be My Friend?. I do an author study with my class; my students love making painted paper in the style of Eric Carle and having their own book to bring home.
Students will "identify and predict recurring phrases in traditional tales." --Massachusetts English/Language Arts Curriculum Framework
- Do You Want to Be My Friend? by Eric Carle
- Scotch tape
- colored markers
Set Up and Prepare
Copy all of the pages in the book, shrinking them by about 30 to 50 percent. (You will need one set per student.) Use a paper cutter to trim the extra paper from the copies.
This activity takes approximately 30 minutes to color, and fifteen minutes to tape. With younger students, you may choose to do the taping yourself.
If students use colored pencils instead of markers, the tape won't adhere as well to the paper.
Come up with text for the story. Try to fit in a recurring phrase. You might try the following example: Starting on the page with the mouse asking, "Do you want to be my friend?" Next page: "But horse did not answer. Do you want to be my friend?" Next page: "But bird and alligator did not answer. Do you want to be my friend?" Continue with this pattern.
Have students color the illustrations from the book. Tape the pages end to end, making sure to match the tails with the correct animals. Using an accordion fold, students should fold their books.
Have students create new text to tell the story.