Must Read Mentor Text - A Bad Case of Stripes - Making Connections

Happy Sunday everyone! I can not believe how fast time is going by - next week is Thanksgiving (here, in Canada) and progress reports are due soon. Why did I think that this would be a good time to re-do our bathroom?!?!

I am taking a few minutes to link up with amazing ladies over at Collaboration Cuties for their amazing linky (everything they do is amazing really!)...

I am linking up with this book right here...

I know that you already know this book but I wanted to share how I used it this year and maybe give you one more idea on what to do with this book that I am sure you already own (see won't even cost you money...just another idea!)

This year I used this book for identifying a character's feelings in a story and writing connections based on those feelings. Earlier this week I shared this little sentence frame that we used for this activity...

 You can pick up my pages here if you are interested in using them.

We also used this book for our art. We did self-portraits using this starting frame. I printed the image on the bottom third of an 8.5 x 14 piece of paper.

Then the students had to give themselves a bad case of something (we brainstormed ideas together as a class). This student has a bad case of peace signs.

I thought I had a picture of our art rubric but I don't!!

Once our art was complete we used it to write a "retell" of the day we had a bad case of something.

Here are some samples.

In case you are looking for other ideas to use with this book I will link you up with some.

Primarily Speaking has an amazing Cause and Effect freebie for this book.

Step into 2nd Grade with Mrs. Lemons has a great Cause & Effect Writing and Craftivity Freebie that includes a template for making a Camilla Cream.

A Year of Many Firsts has a visualization freebie with which you stop while reading and have students draw what they are visualizing.  She also does a great character trait activity with a picture of Camilla and trait words hanging from the picture in different colours. She also has pictures of a great door and another art activity/bulletin board.

Pencils, Glue & Tying Shoes has a Prescription Bottle Writing Freebie that makes a fantastic door/bulletin board display.

Of course you can listen to the story online right here...


  1. I love this idea! The art projects turned out great. Thank you!

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  2. Those projects are so great- coming from someone who teaches the little ones, I'm always floored by how much older students can actually do! :)
    Learning to the Core

  3. Where did you get the frame for the self-portrait? I love this idea. Thanks.

  4. Love your ideas.. one of my favorite books to teach theme! Thanks for sharing all of the other freebies, too! :)


  5. I love, love, love that book! Your writing and art activity is too cute. You've got some creative kiddos there. Thank you for sharing all the great links as well.

    Rooting for Third Grade

  6. I love that you have the kids draw their own picture to match their story. Love this book, my wallet thanks you!

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  7. I'd also like to know where you got the frame. I can't quite read the source at the bottom of the picture.


  8. This looks amazing! Thank you for all the links to these resources. I just went and added this book to my amazon shopping cart and am super embarrassed to admit that I do not own this one! Thank you for not letting me stay in the dark any longer. :)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  9. What a terrific way to use this book. I love this story because it has so much potential for different reading strategies. Thanks for sharing your ideas and wonderful freebies! Are you able to share the portrait frame too?

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    2. I agree - this book can be used in so many ways. I have a hard copy of the portrait template at school. I got it from this website - but the link does not work any longer.
      I would google image - self portrait template for kids and see if there are any images you can save and use. Sorry I could not be a bigger help!

  10. Wow this looks great! I have this book but have actually never used it because I figured the younger grades had...but you've inspired me! I love the art incorporation and their stories! And thank you for all of the amazing resources you link up! You are so good!!

    You are redoing your bathroom??? Oh my!!! That's a lot of work! Good luck!!

    Thank you for your sweet words!
    Collaboration Cuties

  11. This is one of my favorites, but I've never thought to use it for how a character is feeling! We always focus on the importance of being yourself, and I've used it for predicting and cause and effect before.

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