Lesson plans for Legend of the Indian Paintbrush, more
|Biography and Background|
|Lessons for specific works|
Video Interview with Tomie dePaola
Several short video clips. Follow the links on the left to biographical information, bibliography, and transcripts of the video clips.
Big Anthony: His Story
Download the file to take your students on a Google Lit Trip, visiting places mentioned in the story. Google Earth must be installed on your computer for this to work.
Charlie Needs a Cloak
Comprehension questions with emphasis on economic concepts of human resources, productive resources, capital resources, and natural resources.
Cookie's Week by Cindy Ward
Students learn about kittens, work with syllables and the days of the week, explore artist's craft, and write a letter to illustrator Tomie DePaola. Adobe Reader required for access.
Legend of the Blue Bonnet
After listening to the story, students should be able to create their own version of the story by retelling. Students should be familiar with what a retelling is and the elements of a story that are required to create a successful retelling. This lesson is designed for second grade.
The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush
An extensive list of post-reading activities.
Moccasins are Made for Dancing
Students read either of Tomie DePaola's versions of two Native American legends: The Legend of the Bluebonnet or The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush. After learning basic dance movements, they create a dance for the legend they read. They also write about the dance for this legend.
Draw a Story: Stepping from Pictures to Writing
Students draw a series of pictures that tell a simple, sequential story. They 'read' their story to others, transcribe their oral story into writing, and create an accordian book with drawings on the front side and writing on the back. This lesson is designed for K-2 students and uses DePaola's Pancakes for Breakfast or other, similar mentor text.
The Popcorn Book by Tomie dePaola
Four-day guided reading plan.
Strega Nona: Activities for First Grade Students
Activities to teach map skills, identifying emotions, and sorting and patterns.
Pages for students to color, illustrations by Tomie dePaola.