Center Focus

West African Tale

  1. Have students read Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears by Verna Aaardema.
  2. Have your students create a story map about the book, including all of the different creatures involved in the story.
  3. As a center group, have students brainstorm characteristics of the story: They should notice the repetition.

More Center Focus Ideas

Bumper Stickers
Paint a Picture with Words
Discover the Explorers
Matching Animals To Their Names
Rebus Stories
Columbus Acrostic
Totem Pole
What Adds Up to 10?
Observe An Inchworm
Make Your Own Collage
Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink
Biographical Data Organization
Scariest Jack-O-Lantern Contest
Height of a Tree
Dancin’ Raisins
Area of a Shamrock
Historical Perspective
Pumpkin Puffs
Halloween Alphabetizing
Sponge Observation
Historical Trivia
The Color Mix-Up
Dough Dreidel
Dice Probability
Bring Your Own Tale
String Art
Animal Alphabetizing
Election 2000
Different Perspectives on Columbus
Story in a Bag
Melting Ice
Thanksgiving Quilt
Where Did the Easter Bunny Come From?
Record a Story
Sand Painting
Spinner Probability
Walk a Mile in Their Boots
Surf the World
Irish Mobiles
The Mayflower Voyage
Presidential Fractions
Number Relationships
Hand Sculpture
Favorite Olympic Athlete
Non-fiction Poetry
"Thanksgiving" Poem