Read Aloud Series: A Bad Case Of Stripes

  Happy Friday! We had a two-hour early dismissal today due to a little snow. I was excited to rush home and get some work done. I threw on my pajamas and hopped into bed with my laptop. But, before I knew it, I was feeling so sleepy. So, I ended up taking a nap. For FOUR hours. Yikes! Am I the only long-napping soul in the world? I always know how to mess up a good sleeping routine with a ridiculously long nap! Anyway…let me stay on TASK. Ha! This week’s featured picture book is A Bad Case of Stripes!

Here’s a little synopsis of the book from, incase you’re unfamiliar with it: “Camilla Cream loves lima beans, but she never eats them. Why? Because the other kids in her school don’t like them. And Camilla Cream is very, very worried about what other people think of her. In fact, she’s so worried that she’s about to break out in…a bad case of stripes!” You can find a read aloud of the book below {just click on the link}:


This book is perfect for teaching *lots* of different skills, and is SUCH a fun read. I recently used this as a read-aloud for teaching the visualizing strategy. My kids LOVED making visualizations while listening to the story. I had them stop at three different points and draw their visualizations. I gave them a little bag of crayons so that they could add details. It was a blast!  Click here to grab the template I used:


If you’re teaching your students all about character traits or story elements, you could do this cute idea. I was inspired by posters found here and here. After reading the story, give each student in your class a colored strip of paper. Have them write a character trait or the problem/solution in the story. Then, tape them to the bottom of the chart as a fun interactive board.

image While I was perusing some other blogs, I found some fabulous ideas that I had to share: This precious door is from Pencils, Glue & Tying Shoes. So cute, right? Look at those adorable little pill bottles. That would be a really fun creative writing activity. The original idea for the pill bottle is from Brooke Perry (Perspectives). {Photo Source: Pencils, Glues, and Tying Shoes}

{Photo Source: Pencils, Glues, and Tying Shoes}


{Photo Source: Perspectives} Another awesome idea is to have your students create their very own self-portraits with a bad case of stripes. Mrs. T.’s First Grade Class made these awesome art projects. Amazing! This would also be a fun craft to do along with a descriptive writing activity. Students could make text-to-self connections by writing how they would feel if they had a bad case of stripes!

{Photo Source: Mrs. T.’s First Grade Class}

{Photo Source: Mrs. T.’s First Grade Class} Teaching your students cause and effect can be so tricky! But, Amy Lemons over at Step Into 2nd Grade has a wonderful activity for teaching cause/effect using this book! She has some free resources over at her blog. {Photo Source: Step Into 2nd Grade} {Photo Source: Step Into 2nd Grade} It’s amazing how one book can be used in so many different ways! Do you have any ideas for teaching A Bad Case of Stripes?

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  • Melissa January 26, 2013, 1:28 pm

    This is one of my favorite books. I love all of the activities you posted! I've seen Amy Lemon's, but I didn't know about the rest. Will have to check them all out!

    Don't Let the Teacher Stay Up Late

  • Mrs. McHaffie January 26, 2013, 2:20 pm

    I dressed up as the amazing Camilla last week for "book character day" at my school! LOVE this story and the great lesson that comes with it!

    Beg, Borrow, Steal

  • Becky January 26, 2013, 2:32 pm

    Cute ideas! I have heard so many good things about this book, I have to get it! I am saving these ideas for when I do.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Compassionate Teacher

  • Bridget S January 26, 2013, 2:45 pm

    This is a fantastic idea! David Shannon is one of my favorite children's author's. Your door is ADORABLE!!!!

    Literacy Without Worksheets

  • The Brown-Bag Teacher January 26, 2013, 3:03 pm

    I am LOVING Book Nook! Thank you, Lyndsey. I am been able to collect so many great resources. Thank you 🙂

    The Brown-Bag Teacher

  • Nicole January 26, 2013, 4:29 pm

    ALL time favorite read aloud!! You can use it to teach SO many things and the kids are always crazy for it!! Thanks for the fab ideas!
    Rowdy in Room 300

  • Mr. First Grade January 26, 2013, 4:46 pm

    LOVE this book! I took pictures of my firsts and printed them out on copy paper. The kids got to decorate themselves with a bad case of whatever they wanted. I laminated them and made it into a book to keep in our room… SO much fun!!

    Mr. First Grade

  • Jessica Goodrow January 26, 2013, 7:20 pm

    I HATED naps as a kid and now I love them. But, if I sleep for more than thirty minutes it turns into four hours just like you said because I can't get up. I love A Bad Case of the Stripes as well but haven't read it in a while. Thanks for the suggestions!
    Literacy Spark

  • Katie Rockey January 26, 2013, 7:29 pm

    Love that book! It's in our curriculum at the beginning of the year. I can't wait to use your stuff next year!

  • Mrs. Wheeler January 27, 2013, 3:36 pm

    Great visualization activity! There are also so many cute ideas for this book. Thanks for sharing them, friend!

    Mrs. Wheeler’s First Grade
    Mrs. Wheeler TpT

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  • ~DeAnne~ January 29, 2013, 10:19 pm

    I could go for a four hour nap myself. We got out early for snow too, but I'm ready for a FULL SNOW late starts/early releases. I want a full day to stay in jammies! 🙂

    I love this story and so do my kiddos. Thanks for sharing all the links and ideas! 🙂

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