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Tomie dePaola

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students explore the author Tomie dePaola. In this author research lesson, students research Tomie dePaola and answer questions about his life. Students watch a short about Tomie and read books written by him.
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Story Setting - The Art Lesson by Tomi dePaola

For Teachers Pre-K - 6th
Students read the book The Art Lesson by Tomi dePaola and analyze the story. In this setting lesson, students discuss the importance of the setting and how it helps us understand the story. Students answer questions and chart their...
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The Meaning of Christmas Told through a Mexican Folktale

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Using a Tomie dePaola story, The Legend of the Poinsettia, your class can explore the meaning of Christmas.
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Tomie dePaola's Adelita: A Bio Poem

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students write a biographical poem. They read "Adelita," a Mexican Cinderella story. Students analyze character traits of Adelita. They write a biographical poem about her. Students write a biographical poem about themselves.
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Happy Birthday Tomie dePaola

For Teachers 1st
First graders examine biographical information about Tomie dePaola and create a birthday card for him. They play an Author Guessing Game, listen to the book "The Art Lesson," explore the Tomie dePaola website, and illustrate a birthday...
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Tomie dePaola Author and Illustrator

For Teachers K - 3rd
This author study PowerPoint details facts about Tomie dePaola's life as an author and illustrator. There are various facts about his childhood as well with photos and illustrations on each slide.
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Tomie dePaola Author Study

For Teachers K - 4th
Using Tomie de Paola's books for an author study can get students thinking about characters, plot, and illustrations.
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How Characters Affect the Plot

For Teachers 1st - 3rd Standards
How do a character’s feelings and actions influence the plot of a story? The interaction between character and plot is explored in this lesson that uses When Charlie McButton Lost Power to launch the discussion. Charlie’s love of...
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The Life and Times of Tomie dePaola

For Teachers 1st
First graders research information about the author Tomie dePaola. In this author studies activity, 1st graders use the computer to find information about Tomie dePaola's life and writing accomplishments. Students create booklet about...
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Touring the World With Tomie dePaola

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Students listen aloud to books by Tomie dePaola. They utilize the Internet to study the geography and culture of the places the they read about in Tomie dePaola's books. They answer questions about Norway through an Internet treasure hunt.
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"The Popcorn Book" by Tomie dePaola

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Pupils read "The Popcorn Book" by Tomie dePaola and complete a variety of comprehension exercises. They discuss the text, identify facts presented in the book and the evidence supporting those facts and fill in the blanks of a worksheet.
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Story Retelling

For Teachers K
Students explore storytelling by participating in an image analysis activity. In this story structure lesson, students read the book Cookie's Week by Tomie dePaola and retell the story to their teacher in sequential order. Students...
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Final Topic Selection

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Read The Quicksand Book by Tomie dePaola while taking notes about the story.  Perform a read-aloud, and work your way through the text with your youngsters. With this plan, learners also write about ideas from a previous day, and detail...
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The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders complete activities for the book The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush, by Tomie dePaola. In this literature instructional activity, the students read the story and summarize the main events. They look for story elements...
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"The Life and Times of Tomie DePaola

For Students 3rd - 5th
In this booklet biography worksheet, students check off categories on a simple rubric about the book The Life and Times of Tomie dePaola.
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Examples of Sharing as Told Through a Native American Legend

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students explore community problem solving. In this cross-curriculum literature and social studies lesson, students listen to The Legend of the Bluebonnet by Tomie DePaola and discuss how a Native American community problem was solved. ...
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Tony's Bread

For Teachers K
Students listen to the book, TONY'S BREAD by Tomie DePaola. They review what the first letter is of their first names. Then each child creates his/her initial by rolling bread dough into the shape and decoates it with candied fruit...
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The Legend of the Blue Bonnet

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders retell their own version of Tomie dePaola's story, The Legend of the Blue Bonnet. In this retelling lesson, 2nd graders work in groups to create their own version of the story. Students go through each of the steps of the...
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The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush: Native American Life

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students read," The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush" by Tomie dePaola and discuss the way legends are passed down orally. They then create their own legend and illustrate it on a simulated "Buffalo Skin" made from brown paper.
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Navajo Art

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders examine Navajo traditions and beliefs through their artwork. They listen to the book "The Paint Brush" by Tomie dePaola and discuss why sand paintings are done in the traditional Navajo culture. Next, they create a sand...
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Giants Of The Past

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students create a paper sculpture based on ancient Greek and Roman statues in the Getty Museum. For this paper sculpture lesson plan, students read the story The Mysterious Giant of Barletta by Tomie dePaola. They then make a sculpture...
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Let's Draw

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Students listen to the story "Art Lesson" by Tomie dePaola, and discuss the importance of reaching for their dreams. They then use an "I Can Draw" book to help aid their drawing. Finally, they use Kidspiration to list what they learned...
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Let's Draw!

For Teachers K - 1st
Learners draw and identify the styles of different artists. In this visual arts lesson plan, students read several books from authors such as Tomie dePaola, Ray Gibson, and Janet Stevens. Learners draw an illustration inspired by each of...
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Cloud Watchers

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders read "The Cloud Book" by Tomie dePaola to jumpstart their cloud study. They offer examples of liquids, solids, and gases and chart them. They observe the making of a cloud in a demonstration. They discuss and draw...

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