Grade: Elementary
Subject: Literature

#607. add to Corduroy, #529

Literature, level: Elementary
Posted Thu Aug 27 15:20:52 PDT 1998 by Susan Nixon (
Cartwright School, Phoenix, USA
Materials Required: Corduroy by Don Freeman; buttons; writing paper or journals, pencils, crayons
Activity Time: one period
Concepts Taught: Students use the story Corduroy as a springboard for personal writing.


Materials: buttons (at least 2 pounds); Corduroy by Don Freeman; journals; pencils; crayons;

OBJECTIVE ONE: Students will write free flowing thoughts and feelings in their journals.

ACTIVITIES: Students will practice observation skills.

Students will write using adjectives to describe an object.

Students will choose a special button from among many unusual buttons. (See Pet Rock unit) They will write a description of the button and why they chose that particular one.

Students will write a story about where their special button came from and what it's purpose was.

OBJECTIVE TWO: Students will sort and classify buttons.

ACTIVITIES: Students will write to describe the process they used to sort and classify their buttons.

Students will graph classes of buttons they grouped.

OBJECTIVE THREE: Students will write about where Corduroy's original button went/how it was lost, etc.

ACTIVITIES: Students will listen to Corduroy by Don Freeman.

Students will brainstorm ideas about Corduroy's missing button.

Students will choose an idea about Corduroy's button and write about it in their journals.