- Experience an early introduction to stories about real people
- Practice story sequencing
- Learn beginning map reading skills
- Understand the importance of preserving natural resources
- Henry Works by D.B. Johnson
- Access to a photocopier
- Optional: Scissors
- Optional: Magnetic tape
Make an enlargement of the map featured in the front of Henry Works.
Step 1: Introduce students to Henry David Thoreau. Show them a picture and tell them he was an author who lived a long time ago and wrote about nature.
Step 2: Introduce Henry Works. Explain that this book is about Henry and what he did each day before he began his "real work" of writing. Look at the cover of the book show them that Henry in this book is represented by a bear — but the things he does in the book are the same kind of things that Henry David Thoreau did when he was alive.
Step 3: As you read the book aloud, call students' attention to the details of the illustrations. Discuss the black and white illustrations that are included on each page. Ask about the clues the text gives about what will happen later (i.e., "Henry sees clouds far away....he knows it will rain today."). Discuss the things Henry puts in his hat and how he uses them later.
Step 4: After reading, show students the map in the front of the book. Discuss what it represents.
Step 5: Display the enlargement of the map and discuss all the places Henry went on his walk. Discuss how he helped his friends on his walk. Why did his friends think he had nothing to do all day?
Make copies of the black and white pictures in the book and attach magnetic tape to the backs of the pictures. Give the magnetic images to students and have them come up one at a time to retell the story by putting the pictures in the correct order on a magnetic white board. If students have trouble, reread the story a few pages at a time to help them remember.