Skippyjon Jones Lesson Plan
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2
About this book
- Skippyjon Jones by Judith Byron Schachner
- chart paper
- blank books
- watercolor paints
Set Up and Prepare
Skippyjon Jones works well for discussing behaviors.Ask how many children have ever pretended to be somebody or something else. Make a list of their responses.
Discuss how Skippyjon Jones used his time in time-out. Make a list of the descriptive word choices that Judith Schachner used in the story. Make a list of the Spanish words used in the story. Over a two or three day period, have the students write their own version of the story with a beginning, middle and end. (For younger students, write a group story or dictate their story.) Have the students use their own name in the title of the story – SkippyBob Smith, SkippyColleen Backes, etc. They could also use another book character’s name – SkippyHarry Potter, SkippyCurious George, etc. The students plan out their story using interesting word choices. The students write and illustrate their story. Using watercolors, the students create a front and back cover for their book. When the paper is dry the words can be written on with markers.
The students could type their stories using a word processor and make illustrations using KidPix. Digital photos of students dressed in costumes could also be used for illustrations. Comic Life software could be used for creating speech bubbles.
The students could act out their stories, or read their stories to other students. The stories could be made into Podcasts using iWeb and GarageBand software.