Each year during the first week of school, I read Madame Martine to my students. Afterward, on a photocopied drawing of a dog, they each write down one new thing they're going to try during fourth grade. Then, they attach a ribbon leash to the paper dog, and the other end of the leash is attached to a photo of themselves. They love the book and the activity. I'm so excited to feature the sequel's trailer and an accompanying activity.
Activity Name: Make Your Own Museum
Activity Description: In Madame Martine Breaks the Rules, Madame Martine and her dog Max get lost in the Louvre Museum. The Louvre is the most famous art museum in the world, but there are lots of other kinds of museums! There’s a Museum of Bad Art in Massachusetts. You’ve probably been to a science museum, but what about a telephone museum? Or a museum all about nothing but postage stamps? There’s a cartoon museum, and a children’s book illustration museum. There’s even a museum of burned food! Seriously!
Some museums are dedicated to a single famous person, like Benjamin Franklin, or an artist like Picasso, or a musician like the opera composer Giacomo Puccini.
What would be in YOUR museum?
Choose something you’re really interested in, like skiing, or comic books, or your favorite TV show.
Or, your museum might be all about yourself!
Draw a picture of the museum, with the different rooms and spaces. Then draw pictures, or cut out pictures, of all the things that would be in your museum. Be creative! It’s your museum, so it’s totally up to you. Make sure to show people why they would want to come and visit!
Sarah typed up this activity on a word document so that you could print it out and put it in your writing center for early finishers. The document is below. Enjoy!
Whether it be for one specific student, a small group of kids, or a whole class, finding a "just right" book makes the teacher's and the students' day.