|The cover of our book.|
We agreed the setting would be our classroom and playground. We then generated a long list of possible problems our dragon might have including no friends, can't breath fire, burns down things, hungry, no toys, afraid and something about a volcano. We then wrote a list of possible solutions to each of the problems. The kids were so sweet. They would be the dragon's friends, share their snack, and give him toys.
I then went home and wrote a very simple story about a sad dragon who was hiding on our playground because he was afraid to go to school. The kids were shocked because they loved school and offered to have him come to our class so he could see how much fun it is to go to school and learn. We explained what we do in school each day including sitting quietly and raising our hands during circle time.
The kids were thrilled when I told them that I had brought a real surprise for them.
The kids went on a hunt and each found an egg. Inside each egg was a little dragon finger puppet I had made (mainly to celebrate the end of our fairy tale unit but it went so well with our story I had to work it in).
The puppets were from a pattern I found on Cheryl Leu's wonderful website Crack of Dawn Crafts. They were really easy...I made 20 in a couple of hours while I watched tv for about $3.
The kids loved the book. I laminated a color copy for our classroom and sent home a black and white version with each child. I know this post is too long, but I hope I've been able to explain what we did - it was lots of fun!