Draw and Write Together: Describe Abiyoyo

  • chart paper
  • marker
  • make-believe
  • pointy
  • sharp

MA Standards:

Writing: W.PK.MA.1 Dictate words to express a preference or opinion about a topic (e.g., “I would like to go to the fire station to see the truck and meet the firemen.”)
Writing: W.PK.MA.2 Use a combination of dictating and drawing to explain information about a topic.

Head Start Outcomes:

Literacy Knowledge/Early Writing Uses scribbles, shapes, pictures, and letters to represent objects, stories, experiences, or ideas.

PreK Learning Guidelines:

English Language Arts/Composition 16 Use their own words or illustrations to describe their experiences, tell imaginative stories, or communicate information about a topic of interest.

Draw and Write Together: Describe Abiyoyo

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ELA Focus Skills: Concepts of Print, Creative Expression, Fine Motor Skills, Vocabulary

Talk about how Abiyoyo is not a real giant but a make-believe character in the story. Remind children of how afraid the people in the story were of the giant. Ask children if they would be afraid of Abiyoyo if he was a real giant. 

Tell children you want them to describe Abiyoyo to you. Record children's descriptions on chart paper.

  • Encourage children to use descriptive words such as pointy nails, sharp teeth, big, and scary. Tell children that you will put the list in the Art Center.
  • Explain to children that they are going to use the words on their list to help them make their own Abiyoyo giant puppet. Prompt children to use their creativity in making Abiyoyo and not to feel like their Abiyoyo has to look like the illustration in the book. Say, I want you to make Abiyoyo look like you imagine a giant would look like.
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