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Winter Dance

Winter Dance”

Opening:   A single snowflake floats through the air, spins, leaps, settles on the nose of a fine red fox. What is a fox to do?

Other animals share with fox what they do in the winter. Squirrel gathers acorns. Turtle buries deep in the mud. Caterpillar wraps itself in a chrysalis.

But none of that will work for fox.

Until another fox comes along.

This book promotes creative nonfiction and beautiful lyrical language.

TITLE: Winter Dance

AUTHOR: Marion Dane Bauer

ILLUSTRATOR: Richard Jones

PUBLISHER: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: lyrical, nonfiction


1) In the winter, humans and animals wear winter coats. Design a winter coat for an alien or dinosaur.

2) Create a creative dance movement  for each animal in the story.

3) If a snowman were to take a summer vacation, where would he go? Design a travel pamphlet for his vacation destination. 


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Creative Thinking Prompt: Create a Super Pet

Creative Thinking Prompt: Create a Super Pet

Brainstorm attributes of a superhero, in other words what makes a superhero.


Brainstorm a list of animals that are not “typical” pets.

From your pet list, choose one animal.

From this list of energy, research one and integrate it into your pet’s superpower.







Using the 5W1H method, describe your pet’s superpower:

Why does your pet use its superpower?

What does your pet do with its superpower?

Where does your pet use its superpower?

When does your pet use its superpower?

Who does you pet use its superpower against?

How does your pet use its superpower?

Pet Name:



Favorite Food:

The Gift of Nothing

“The Gift of Nothing”

It is a special day. Mooch wants to give a gift to his best friend, Earl, but what do you give someone who already has a bowl, a bed and a chewy toy? 




Mooch searches and searches until he finally finds…


This sweet book reminds us that the simplest “nothings” are  the best gifts.

This book promotes sharing and different perspective.

TITLE: The Gift of Nothing

AUTHOR: Patrick McDonnell

ILLUSTRATOR: Patrick McDonnell

PUBLISHER: Little Brown Company, 2005


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: sharing, different perspective


1) How is an empty box be a gift? What would you do if you received an empty box?

2) Love is something that cannot be seen. Or can it? In what ways do you show love?

3) The symbol for love is a heart. What symbol would you create to represent friendship?

4) What does love sound like, smell like, taste like, feel like and look like? Using your answers to these sensory questions, write a poem about love.


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