There are so many great aspects of Anna Dewdney’s Llama Llama books, it’s no wonder our little learners are in love with these books! One of our favorite activities to do with these books is practice making connections. They are wonderful books for teaching children how to make text to self connections. We like the idea of practicing making connections with children as the book is read aloud. You can simply have students share the text to self connections they make as you read aloud or record the connections on a page of chart paper. We have created a graphic organizer that you might want to use as a task for students to complete once the read aloud is complete. It can act as a check for you to know if students understand the idea of making text to self connections. Text to Self Connections Organizer
One reason children love listening to Anna Dewdney’s books is because of the rhyming words. Each book contains many pairs. We have pulled out sets of rhyming words from three of the Llama Llama books. We have created cards so students can practice matching the words. For younger students, guidance will be needed. As a class you can work to match the rhyming words. For older students, you might use these cards at a rhyming center.
Rhyming Words Recording Page Students record a pair of rhyming words and illustrate the words.
Llama Llama Learns a Lesson Students draw a picture to show the lesson Llama Llama learns and then draw a picture.
Graphic Organizer Students record the important parts of the story.
Feelings Students share how they would feel if they were Llama Llama. They also describe how they would react. Students can use pictures and words.
Llama Llama Class Book Students each get a page to complete. Students will write a sentence telling something that Llama Llama does. Their sentence should start with Llama Llama. They will then illustrate their work. Collect the pages when finished to make a class book. (For example, students might say: Llama Llama plays outside. The student will then draw a picture of Llama Llama playing at the park.)
You want to make sure you check out Anna Dewdney’s Llama Llama page. There are so many great aspects for students and teachers including lesson plans and games for students.
Llama Llama Misses Mama read aloud by Anna Dewdney
MakeLearningFun.com has colorful, printable cut-outs you can use to make popsicle stick puppets for your younger students. Llama Llama Cut-Outs
If you are focusing on the letter L for the week, you can find our letter activities here: Letters of the Alphabet Resources
We also love this Llama themed L cut-out from Brilliant Beginning Preschool
We also like the idea of gathering llama books with a nonfiction focus. In your class, you can make an anchor chart that lists how Llama Llama is different from a real llama.
Do you have other great books to accompany a focus on Llama Llama books in your class? We would love for you to share below.