When studying the jungle, you can't leave out the king! We made lion faces this week and read an amazingly beautiful and fresh take on The Lion and the Mouse. We read the version by Jerry Pinkney.
The art is amazing and the fun part about this book is that there are no words. We talked as a class about how using the pictures in a book can help us understand and know what's going on in the story. It's a important comprehension strategy for young readers. The first time we read the story, we read it silently and I had the kids make up what was happening in the story in their head. Then we read it again and talked about what was happening in the pictures.
After, we made our own lion faces complete with a crazy mane of hair.
Here's What You Need:
- Paper plate
- Brown, white, orange, and black construction paper
- Glue sticks
Here's What You Do:
- Cut a lot of strips of the orange paper. Ours were 1 X 4.5 inches.
- Cut out eyes using the white and black. Cut out a nose using the brown.
- Color the inside circle of the plate yellow.
- Color the outside circle of the plate orange.
- Glue on the face and draw a mouth and wiskers.
- Flip the plate upside down and glue the orange strips around the edge of the plate.
- Curl the orange strips with an open pair of scissors like you would curling ribbon.