Each book title has matching grade appropriate activities to help your child
master skills tested on the CRCT. Simply click on a title, choose an activity
and enjoy a learning experience with your child. These books are available at
your local public library. These activities were created by the Mercer's
Eastman Center EDUC 403 class.
The Alphabet Tree
After reading this enjoyable book with your child, please take the
time to participate in some of the fun activities that have been
specifically designed for this book and the Georgia Performance
Standards (GPS) that are assigned to your child’s grade level. GPS are
very important to your child. He or she will be tested on them at the
end of the school year with the Criterion Reference Curriculum Test
(CRCT). So sit back and enjoy this learning experience with your child!
Activity 1: Book Flow Chart
**Math GPS: MKD1 Students will pose questions, collect data, organize, and record
results using objects, pictures, and picture graphs.
1. Materials required: Large paper, crayons, scissors, and book
2. Before reading the story, give your child some background information on what may
be in the book. Discuss the meaning of the word “peace.” Discuss some characteristics
of spring time weather and environment. (March winds, insects coming out, rainy days)
3. Read the story to your child.
4. On a piece of chart paper, draw a blank flow map or flow chart of some kind with five
Begin by discussing the characters, setting, and lesson learned from the story. Ask child
to retell the main events in order and fill them in on the flow chart. (letters setting in the
tree, letters getting blown out of the tree, bee comes along and they make words,
caterpillar comes along and they make sentences, caterpillar takes their sentence to the
6. Have your child and you illustrate the events discussed in each box.
7. After coloring the events, cut out the boxes and mix them up. (Be sure that your child
had time to go over the chart once it is completed.)
8. Have your child to put the chart back together as he/she recalls the events in the
Activity 2: Word Tree
**English/Language Arts GPS: ELAKW1 The student begins to understand the
principles of writing. The student
a. Writes or dictates to describe familiar persons, places, objects, or experiences.
b. Uses drawings, letters, and phonetically spelled words to create meaning.
c. Accurately prints name, all uppercase and lowercase letters of the alphabet, and
d. Uses left-to-right pattern of writing.
e. Begins to use capitalization at the beginning of sentences and punctuation
(periods and question marks) at the end of sentences.
1. Materials Required: The Alphabet Tree "Leo Lionni", tape, blank leaf shapes
(construction paper), writing utensils, tree poster
2. Before reading the book. Take a large poster board or sheet of chart paper and
draw a large tree with several branches but no leaves. Also take some
construction paper and cut out several leaf shapes.
3. After reading the book The Alphabet Tree, the child will have to construct new
words of their own and tape them to the tree.
4. On each leaf a letter of the alphabet is written and spread all over a table, face
5. The child, must look through the letters and try to create their own words by
using the leaves with the letters on them and maybe even writing on blank leaves
provided to them.
6. Afterwards, they will tape the new word to the tree until it is filled up.
**Science GPS: SKL1 Students will sort living organisms and non-living materials
into groups by observable physical attributes.
a. Recognize the difference between living organisms and nonliving materials.
b. Group animals according to their observable features such as appearance, size,
motion, where it lives, etc. (for example: A green frog has four legs and hops. A
rabbit also hops.).
c. Group plants according to their observable features such as appearance, size,
1. Materials needed: Seeds, potting soil, small flower pot, water, sunlight
2. In this activity, your child will plant his or her own alphabet tree. Be sure to stress to
your child that this takes time and patience. It may be a several days before the plant is
3. After reading the book, talk about the characteristics of a tree or plant. Talk about the
leaves, what all a plant needs to grow, and flowers or fruit that may sprout from the tree
4. Go to a local supermarket, grocer, or lawn and garden store and help your child pick
out a packet of seeds. (*Be sure to look at the dates of planting on the back of the
packet to make sure that it will thrive in the location and time of year you are planting.*)
5. Take the seeds, potting soil, and flower pot and plant the seeds with your child. It
may get messy so make sure to do this outside and in clothes that are decent to play in.
6. Make sure that you and your child water your plant at the same time every day. Do
not overwater the plant, just enough to keep the soil moist and keep in the sunlight.
7. Within several days, your plant will have sprouted and your child will be so proud!
Activity 4: Dear Mr. President
** Social Science GPS: SSKCG1 The student will demonstrate an understanding of
a. Explain how rules are made and why.
b. Explain why rules should be followed.
1. Materials needed: Paper, crayons, pencils, and the book
2. After reading the book, discuss the message that was sent to the president with your
child. Talk about what he or she would want to tell the president or a message about
laws and rules. Also talk about who the President is and show pictures of the current
president so your child will be familiar with him/her.
3. Have your child draw a picture of what he/she would like for the president to know.
4. On the back of the picture, discuss what you want the president to know and write
what the child wants to tell him/her. Have your child sign it at the bottom, along with
his/her age, and address.
5. Now send it to the White House! Show pictures of the White House to your child and
tell him/ her that the president will get this picture and greatly appreciate it. This is the
actual address to the Capital in Washington D.C:
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
**Science GPS: SKCS5 Students will communicate scientific ideas and activities
a. Describe and compare things in terms of number, shape, texture, size, weight,
color, and motion.
b. Begin to draw pictures that portray features of the thing being described
1. Materials needed: Play doe, Construction paper, and the book
2. After reading the book, have your child look at the bugs in the book and talk about as
many bugs as you both can think of. (lady bugs, butterflies, bees, ants, spiders,
caterpillars, and many more!)
3. Take the play-doe and have your child create a bug of their own.
4. Talk about the features of the bug, how many legs, any antennae, colors, and size.
5. Take the play-doe bug and let it dry on the sheet of construction paper and have the
student write the bugs name on the paper using the letters and syllables he or she has
learned through out the school year.