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The Big Umbrella


Amy June Bates


By the door there is an umbrella. It is big. It is so big that when it starts to rain, there is room for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re tall, or plaid, or hairy or have more than two legs! Beautifully kind and inclusive story.

Character Education Focus:

  • “Kind” makes the world a better place.

Reading Objective:


  • Create a new story together, using the style of this book, by making a list of their friends/ classmates characteristics (those with blond
           hair, those with blue eyes, etc.)

Note: Use a large umbrella while re-creating this story. As each classroom characteristic is given (blue eyes, glasses, etc.), have those children gather under the umbrella. Then give each child a written version of this re-creation, for them to illustrate. Use this template. Run off as many copies as there are characteristics in your group, writing down a characteristic for each page. Add the beginning and ending pages as written, to complete this classroom book.


Literacy Objective: Create a Reader’s Theater by retyping the beginning and ending pages as written and substituting the middle part (characteristics of your group) that you changed together. Perform for another classroom.


  • Give each child a page to read.
  • Practice appropriate delivery (paper away from face, loud voice, expression, pleasant facial expression).

ASCA:PS:A1.9 Demonstrate cooperative behavior in groups.

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