Students will use a variety of forms or genres when writing for different audiences.
- The Hallo-Wiener by Dav Pilkey
- Beige, light brown, and yellow construction paper
- Writing pencils
- Black fine-point markers
- Glue sticks
Set Up and Prepare
- Use the copy machine to enlarge (to hot dog size) the image of Oscar running up the stairs. (It appears toward the beginning of the book.) Duplicate it a number of times, and run it off on the light brown paper. You will need one per student. Note: When enlarging the image of Oscar, make sure it's the right size to fit in the construction paper "bun."
- Cut the beige paper into rectangles roughly 3" x 6". You will need one per student.
Step 1: Have students make a horizontal fold across their beige paper.
Step 2: Help students use the scissors to round the corners of the paper, creating a card shaped like a hot dog bun.
Step 3: Have students cut out Oscar images from the light-brown paper.
Step 4: Show students how to use markers to highlight any details on Oscar.
Step 5: Have students use glue sticks to glue Oscar into the bun.
Step 6: Have students cut a zigzag strip out of the yellow paper. This will be the mustard. Show students how to glue it along the top of the bun.
Step 7: Help students use the pencils to write Halloween sayings across Oscar's side. Have students distribute them to friends or family. Happy Halloween!
- Have a spooky hot dog party. Add spooky features to the hot dogs, like olive eyes or a red pepper tongue.
- Have students explore Dav Pilkey's Extra-Crunchy Website o' Fun.