Mood Ring Writing
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It’s indisputable that Judy Moody is the queen of moods. Discuss with students what it means to be in a good mood or a bad mood. Then brainstorm things that put them in a good mood and things that put them in a bad mood. Write their responses on chart paper with the good mood category called RARE! and the bad mood category called ROAR! Expand the discussion by coming up with other words (synonyms) for good and bad moods (such as joyful, happ , dreadful, terrible). Have students use as many synonyms as possible as they write about their good and bad mood experiences on “mood ring” paper (see below). They will need two sheets of mood ring paper—one for good moods and one for bad moods. Encourage students to make their writing as creative as possible by using different genres such as haiku, other forms of poetry, or short stories. (Fold an 81/2 x 11 piece of white paper in half. Cut to create a semicircle. Unfold it, and it will look like the center of a mood ring.)
Pen Pal Friend
In Judy Moody Declares Independence, Judy becomes pen pals with her new friend, Tori, who lives “across the pond” in England. Ask students if they have ever had a pen pal and if they’d like to meet students from another country or city. Obtain pen pals for your students by joining a pen pal exchange program. Some good websites to check out are Worldwide Classroom / Library
Center/ Our Pen Pals (www.nbilc.org/?PAGE=38). And an excellent online classroom resource is ePALS Classroom Exchange (www.epals.com). Make sure to review basic letter-writing concepts prior to this activity. Ensure that students answer any questions their pen pal has asked, and that
they ask their pen pal new questions, tell the pen pal something new about themselves, and share recent experiences that have happened at home or at school.
Rain orest Products
In Judy Moody Saves the World! Class 3T learns about ways to save the environment and about the many products that come from the rain forest (such as rubber, chocolate, spices, nuts, and medicines). Bring this concept to your own class by making a rain forest products poster. First have students research the many items that we get from the rain forest. Then divide students into groups and challenge them to find pictures of these rain forest products. When the groups have collected enough pictures, have them sort them into categories such as foods, medicine, and rubber products. Have each group create a poster from the pictures. The poster should include a title,
information about the importance of rain forests, and a message about “saving the world” and protecting the enviroment.
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Prepared by Karen Cardillo, educational consultant to publishers of children’s books. Illustrations copyright © 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 by Peter H. Reynolds.