"Here's another book that I wish would have existed back when I taught bilingual Spanish first grade. Not only is the book super cute, but the author's message is so important-the stage is big enough for two! It's a message that can be applied to students' lives at home and at school where the stage often has to be big enough for twenty or more. I love the activity below that Crystal-Elisa Aldamuy developed. It makes me want to break out my patterned origami paper and start crafting!
Activity Name: Fish Puppet Craft
Activity Description: "Carmen loves to make props including all kinds of puppets. A puppet is an object used for storytelling that needs a person to help it move. The person that works the puppet is called a puppeteer. There are many types of puppets and many different ways to make puppets.
This puppet is made by collage. Collage is an art technique were you cut out different shapes and glue
them together to create a picture. To create a fish puppet, you need some key fishy parts: Head, Body, Gills, Fin, Tail, Eye, Mouth!
USING TEMPLATE: (Included in activity guide below)
Choose two 6x6 squares of different colors or patterns
Decide which will be the body.
Turn the other square over and use the template to draw head, fin and tail.
Cut out fish parts.
Glue the parts onto the body of the fish (patterned side up)
Use scrapes to create an eye and draw on a mouth.
IF NOT USING THE TEMPLATE:
Choose a square to be the body of fish.
Use other squares to create the parts of the fish–head, fin, tail, eye & mouth.
Glue pieces together.
Glue fish on to a popsicle stick to create a handle for your puppet."
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.