Center Focus


  1. In this book Leo Lionni makes a tree into the main character. He names it "Woody" and enables it to talk and think.
  2. Have your students create a story that personifies an object. Encourage them to be creative.
  3. You may even have them be specific with their story and have them follow the same basic theme of A Busy Year. They can choose an object and show what it goes through in a a year.

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Historical Trivia
Guided by the Stars
Leaf Estimation
Decorative Vase
Sort the States of Matter
How Does Soap Affect Bubbles?
Sand Painting
Columbus Portraits
Division with Models
West African Tale
Egg Weight
Sleepy Hollow
Area and Perimeter of Olympic Rings
Biographical Data Organization
Survey Says
Money from Around the World
The Gymnastics Incident
Celsius versus Fahrenheit
Candy Heart Count
Know Your Presidents
Inch By Inch Map
Round vs. Flat
What Happens to the Paper?
Student Editorial
"A Busy Year" Art
Patron Saint of Lovers
Chalk Drawings
What’s the Stamp Worth?
Valentine Placemats
Walk a Mile in Their Boots
Block Volume
Spin the Dreidel
Non-fiction Poetry
Personal vs. Country Pride
The Pumpkin
Situational Conversations
Current Happenings in Science
Compare the Cookies
Literature Response
Journal Topic: Space Exploration
Picture Replicas
To Float or Not To Float
Discover Music
Dancin’ Raisins
What Adds Up to 10?
Word Association