No, David! Extension Activities
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2
Class Big Book
- Ask the children to relate David's experiences to their own experiences. Tell the children that they are going to make a big book about something that they did or something that they know would get a "No" from a parent. Discuss how the author has written the David story and the text pattern and lettering style with the children. Encourage the children to write their story in a similar manner.
- Provide the each child with a large sheet of paper and drawing materials. Assist the children in drawing a line across the top or bottom portion of their paper, leaving enough space to write the text of the story.
- Before completing the story ask the children to describe how David's mother felt about him even though he did many naughty things. Encourage the children to talk about their own experiences. Ask the children to think of how they can end their book so that it will be similar to what David experienced with his mother. Provide the children with materials needed to conclude their story.
- Invite children to also think of a title for their story. Interested children can work together to create a front cover and back page for their book. Bind all of the pages together. Enjoy the book during shared reading time.
- Read the book David Goes to School by David Shannon to the children. Invite the children to compare No, David with this book. Children can create another big book based on David Goes to School or make individual books about their own school experiences. Children can create a special book of rules or suggestions for David. Dramatic play activities can include acting out the story of David or making puppets based on the characters of the stories. Children can also create their own naughty character and write a story about that character.
- Read other stories to the children that depict family relationships like Pierre by Maurice Sendak Scholastic, Inc. $2.95, Little Raccoon Catches a Cold by Susan Canizares Scholastic, Inc. $3.50, Momma Do You Love Me by Barbara Josse Scholastic, Inc. 3.95.
- Invite the children to bring in favorite books from home that depict family relationships. Share the books during reading time. Compare stories and engage children in discussions about the books.
- Share your own childhood experiences with the children. Invite parents or other members of your school community to do the same. Children enjoy hearing childhood stories about their teachers and parents.