- book: When I Was Little: A Four-Year-Old's Memoirs of Her Youth
by Jamie Lee Curtis (HarperCollins, 1993; $16.95)
- chart paper
- drawing paper
- crayons, markers, and pencils
- stapler and paper clips
- file folder
Objective: Children will
develop math, language, fine-motor, and creative skills as they make individual
books that document special events in their lives.
In Advance: Explain to
children that they will engage in a variety of activities to learn about
shoes. Begin the activity by asking children to describe what they already
know about shoes. Record their responses on chart paper.
- Show children the book When I Was Little: A Four-Year-Old's
Memoir of Her Youth. Explain that a memoir is a story about a person's
life, told by the person. Ask children to predict what they think the
book will be about.
- After reading the story, invite children to describe the different
things that the little girl remembered. Record children's responses
on chart paper. Ask them if the book reminded them of things in their
own lives. Engage children in a discussion about their own experiences.
Encourage them to describe how they have grown and changed.
- Invite children to write and illustrate their own memoir. Provide
them with the suggested drawing materials so they can create the illustrations
and a cover for their book. Children can work on their memoirs for several
days. Use a paper clip to keep their drawings together and place their
work in a file folder until they are finished.
- Assist children with writing or dictating the narrative of their memoirs
and ask them to organize their drawings. Remind children to include
their own name on the book as the author.
- Invite the children to read their memoirs to their friends during
reading time or plan a special reading party to conclude the school
Family Involvement: Family Memoirs. Encourage children to interview
their families to gather information about their family's memoirs.
Children can work together to develop a few questions for their interview.
Write the questions on a sheet of paper. Photocopy the questions and send
them home with a note to family members explaining the activity. Ask families
to do the activity with their child. Share each child's family memoirs
with the class. Invite family members to the classroom to share photographs
and memories with the children.
by A.H. Benjamin
(Scholastic Inc.; $3.95)
When I Was Little
by Toyomi Igus
(Just Us Books, 1992; $14.95)
Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge
by Mem Fox
(Kane/Miller, 1989; $7.95)