Grade: 1-2

#1102. Madeline and the Magnificent Puppet Show

Reading/Writing, level: Elementary
Posted Fri Jun 25 08:17:32 PDT 1999 by Beverley Johnson (
Walnut Ridge Academy, Waterloo, Iowa, United States
Materials Required: Computer, worksheet, Caldecott Award winning books
Activity Time: 3 or 4 30 minute sessions
Concepts Taught: Listening skills, decision making

Madeline and the Magnificent Puppet Show
Educational Media
Lesson Plan
Grade 2

Created by Beverley Johnson
June 25, 1999

Standard: Demonstrate competence in the general skills and strategies of the reading process.
Demonstrate competence in speaking and listening.
Benchmark:Demonstrate comprehension of simple stories.
Understand and gain information by listening.

Resources needed:
Caldecott Medal award books (various)
Black and White by David MacCauley
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
Madeline and the Magnificent Puppet Show, Creative Wonders Producers, 1995

Classroom arrangement:
Media Center with one computer available
Reading/browsing center

Lesson Plan duration:
3 sessions (about 30 minutes each)
1. Introduction, story set-up, Madeline's house, neighbor's house, river and paint backdrop
2. River and paint backdrop,park, outdoor cafe, pepito's house, make invitations, make puppets
3. Park to trade balloons for string and final product showing to entire class, discussion of differences in stories.

By the end of this unit the student will demonstrate that he/she:
Is a cooperative learner,
can solve problems, make decisions and,
apply technology to the task

Lesson Plan

Introduce the Caldecott Award that is given each year for the best illustrations in a children's book. Show and read winning examples to the class. Discuss Black and White by David MacCauley. Show the four frames on each page and explain how going from frame to frame within the page gives clues to the story. Ask students if it is one story or four stories and how they determined which it is. (decision making skill)
Read Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans. Talk about Paris and all the different people found in the city and where they live and work.
Divide the class into groups of 4 or 5 students each. Give each group a name.
Begin the software with the entire group to the end of the story set-up. Explain what will be required for them to create a successful puppet show with Madeline. Give each student a copy of the handout. Make students aware of the need to listen to Madeline as she gives them hints and that it is important for them to work together as a group to complete the puppet show.
Have each group do the activity while the rest of the class reads Caldecott Award stories from your collection.
Do presentations with each group. Discuss the steps they took to finish each show and how each was different.

Hint: The students need to find 5 balloons. One can be found under Madeline's bed, in the teapot in Madeline' s kitchen, the boat in the river, in a window in Pepito's house, and in a window mannequin.

Madeline Handout

Items you need to find

Jump rope


5 Balloons