I absolutely love the book Mrs. McNosh Hangs Up Her Wash by Sarah Weeks. I use it even with older kids. You can practice reading elements such as predictions, inferring, real vs. make-believe, and sequencing.
Plus, it is a riot! The kids always giggle when you read the word underwear. Doesn’t matter if they are in Kindergarten or in sixth grade.
This is such a fun book that could be used for an end-of-the-year fun activity right now!
5 fun FREE activities
Start by doing a read aloud of the book, then downloading the packet below to engage kids even more into the story.
Keep in mind, these activities probably are more geared toward the lower grades, but could be modified for upper levels with more challenging words and sorts.
Check out everything in the 22-page packet:
First up is a fun Math Patterning worksheet. It covers 3 different patterns for students to practice.
Then there is a Story Retell Activity where students will cut out the pictures and place them in the correct sequence based on the events that happened.
There’s something classic about using Venn diagrams for a graphic organizer of the story elements.
For this worksheet, students will draw a picture of each word in the answer box in the correct category on the Venn diagram.
Activity 4 is a clothing sort. You will cut out and laminate each of the items, including the 4 category baskets. Students will then sort the items onto the 4 baskets.
For older students, you could have them create the basket categories. Or even find other ways in which the items are alike and different from one another.
The last few activities in this fun and free learning pack are all about rhyming.
Print off each of the rhyme puzzle pictures, cut out, and laminate.
Mix up all the pieces and have students combine the pieces that rhyme so that they make a complete puzzle.
Other Activities to Do With Older Students
I love using tree books for older students. Even high school students can learn from simple stories.
Learning strategies such as context clues, vocabulary, word origins, comparing/contrasting, and inferring can all be practiced by higher reading level students with a book that is quick and easy to read.
Need a few more ideas for lesson plan ideas with older students?
- Read the first 10 pages of the book and have students write the rest
- Ask students to create a commercial about the book
- Do a short reader’s theater with this book and several others. Have student groups prepare the scripts, props, sets, and even costumes in 45 minutes or less to be ready to present to their peers
- Have older students read the book to younger students (for example: high school and elementary school reading buddies)
- Encourage your artistic students to create a “new” book cover including several story elements into their design
- Suggest that students create a comic book loosely based on the events from this read aloud
- Students can write a letter to the author and tell her about their favorite parts
- Assign students a vocabulary word from the book and have each create their own hat that shows what their word means. Have a vocabulary parade to showcase their words and meanings.
- Ask the class to come up with a book themed party. They will decide the decorations, the snacks, and a couple brain breaks. All items must have to relate to the book in some way.
- Have the children create their own board game using the story as inspiration
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