Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there is also salsa. And if a dragon accidentally eats spicy salsa . . . oh, boy. You're in red-hot trouble.
This is such a great book that your students are sure to love! Here are a few ideas you can use in your classroom to go along with the theme:
MAKE A DRAGON PUPPETYou can do this as a class, or even as a center. Just have all the supplies out with an example, and the kids can make their own puppets and then retell the story. Click on the image for directions:
SING A SONGI found this cute song online called Dragons Love Tacos. It has movements with it, and it's a great way to get your kids up and moving. You can find it here.
SALSA TASTINGAfter reading the book, let the students try samples of salsa. If they're really brave, they could even try spicy salsa. Discuss which they liked best, and why.
SCIENCE EXPERIMENTUse soda pop and Mentos to do a fun science experiment. Click the picture below for details.
So many fun hands-on activities! I have also created a book study to go along with the book, that has lots of math and language arts activities. Here is some info about it:
One of my favorite activities for this book is the shapes dragon. Print the shapes on different colored paper, and have your students cut them out. Instructions are included to put the dragon together, so students follow the instructions and then answer questions about the shapes they used.
I also included 2 mini lessons to introduce persuasive writing to the class, and a graphic organizer to model how to write a persuasive letter. In the first lesson, students give their opinion about a certain topic, and then work as groups to try and persuade other students to agree with them. This helps demonstrate that trying to persuade someone of something is different than just stating your opinion. Then in lesson 2, you work together as a class to write a persuasive letter. The students need to try and persuade the teacher to send them to recess 5 minutes early.
Students will then write their own persuasive letter. They need to decide what their favorite type of party is, and try and persuade the teacher that their next class party should be that type of party.
There are different math worksheets included, like telling time, graphing, and skip counting.
Other activities included are:
Writing about your favorite part
Shades of meaning
Long vowel sounds worksheet
Asking questions teacher instructions and worksheet
Your students will love this book, and will learn so much with these supplementary activities. This is a great packet to do around Cinco de Mayo, or to keep in your substitute binder for when you have a sub.
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