- Mole's Hill by Lois Ehlert
- writing pencils, one per student
Set Up and PrepareMake a copy of the end papers from the beginning of the book. (The end papers are the very first pages in the book, and feature a birch bark motif.) You will need one copy per student.
When making copies of the birch bark paper, you may want to lighten the toner. If the"bark" is too dark it will be difficult for students to see their writing.
Take a look at the note that Fox, Skunk, and Raccoon wrote to Mole. Discuss what a response might look like in the form of a note. Have students take on the role of Mole, and write a response to Fox, Skunk, and Raccoon. They can use the "birch bark" paper as stationary.
In an outside garden, mound some dirt into a hill and recreate Mole's garden, using brightly colored flowers.