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
About this book
Children love Eric Carle's colorful illustrations and animal characters in Do You Want to Be My Friend? and his other titles. I do an author study with my class, and my students enjoy 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 of all of the pages 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 together. With younger students, you may want to tape the book pages together yourself ahead of class time.
Note: 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 your students color the photocopied illustrations from the book.
- Help your students 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.
Web Resources for Teachers
If you want to learn more about Eric Carle and read his amazing books, make sure to check out his website. For an exciting field trip destination and ideas for classroom art projects, visit The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art website.