Olivia Saves the Circus Lesson Plan
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5
About this book
Subject Area: Language Arts
The wildly imaginative and totally adorable Olivia tells her class all about her vacation and how she saved the circus because all of the performers were out with ear infections.
Children will develop language, literacy, and creative-thinking skills by using the illustrations to retell the story and create a new story.
Show the class the book Olivia Saves the Circus. Ask them to look at the cover illustration and describe what they see. Then ask them to predict what they think the story will be about. Why do they think Olivia would need to save the circus?
A Tale of Olivia
- Photocopies of individual pages from the book Olivia Save the Circus
- Give each child a photocopied page from the book depicting a humorous illustration of Olivia.
- Ask them to make up a story about their illustration. It can relate to the book or be different.
- Invite them to share their story during group time.
- Read the book several times so that the children have an opportunity to become familiar with the story. As you read, encourage the group to observe and discuss the humorous illustrations.
- Invite the class to form a circle in the reading area. Tell them that they will all play a part in retelling Olivia Saves the Circus. Hold the book and ask each child to retell the story by describing the illustrations on a page. Then have the next child continue the story by following the next illustration, and so on.
- Encourage them to fully describe what they see on each page. What do they think Olivia's little brother, William, is saying while she is serving pancakes? What are Madam Olivia's Trained Dogs doing? Encourage the children to have fun with this humorous story!
An Olivia Story Extension
- Drawing paper
- Markers, crayons, and pencils
- Ask the children to imagine another type of adventure that Olivia would go on. Now provide them with the suggested materials and ask them to draw and write their own Olivia adventure. Assist those children who need help writing or dictating their story.
- Invite the children to share their stories. How many different types of adventures did they think of?
Other Books About the Circus
If I Ran the Circus (Dr. Seuss Classics Series)
by Dr. Seuss
Morris McGurk imagines Circus McGurkus full of fantastic animals and exciting circus acts.
Emeline at the Circus
by Marjorie Priceman
During a class trip to the circus, Emeline accidentally becomes part of the show.
Clifford at the Circus
by Norman Bridwell
Join Clifford and Emily Elizabeth for a big circus adventure to remember.
Other Books By Ian Falconer
Teaching plan written by Risa Young