Dana offers lesson plans, games and activities that relate to the stories, the character building Think...then Jump™ motto, language and arts. This section is available for home or school use.
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Building character is essential in nurturing a thoughtful child who is mindful of his/her words and actions. These fun, thought-provoking exercises will help any child cultivate their inner goodness.
Thoughtful Deeds is a wonderful exercise in reminding us of the thoughtful deeds we do. (single sheet)
Thoughtful Journal sheet can be used daily to write down and ponder all the thoughtful ways and gratitude that come our way each day.
Thoughtful Me - Special You exercise uses a lily pad for writing down 3 special characteristics a child notices in another person. It can also be used for a child to recognize his/her own special traits. (lily pad cutout)
Use these lesson plans to reinforce the stories’ message as well as expand your child’s creative writing spirit.
The Grumpy Frog worksheet is a wonderful complement to the questions at the back of the book. This worksheet provides a way for the children to write down answers to additional questions about the story.
The Careless Frog Worksheet
Imagination Exploration worksheet is a great way to jump start imagination. After viewing the picture, the child creates a story about what they think is happening.
Imagination Exploration - Pirates
Noun/Verb Worksheet asks the child to find the noun and verb in each sentence. (2 sheets)
Opening Sentence worksheet shows the importance of a good, strong opening line. This exercise provides an example and the process to build on the first sentence.
Rhyming Game is a fun activity that is both a mental and bit of a physical exercise. The child must find all the rhyming words from one side of the board and move them over to match the chosen word on the other side. Follow the instructions to create the game.
Story Cube cutout: Getting basic elements for a good story
is key. Using the story cube to jot down thoughts is a helpful start to any story. Then fold up the pieces to make a cube and it becomes a reminder of their base ideas.
Let your little budding artist use his/her imagination to illustrate these scenes.
Illustrate the scenes provides a line from one of Dana's upcoming stories and gives the child an opportunity to draw how they see the scene. This is a great way for free expression of art.
The Color Me booklet is a fun way for children to color 6 scenes; 3 each from The Grumpy Frog and The Careless Frog books. Let them express the way they see Rana and Lulu!
(6 sheets + cover)
Have fun with all Think...then Jump™ games and activities.