Chrysanthemum Activities

Chrysanthemum activities offer an enchanting way to usher in the back-to-school period. These are meticulously designed to focus on English Language Arts skills while simultaneously emphasizing social emotional learning (SEL). They foster an atmosphere of empathy, respect, and understanding, much like the world of our beloved Chrysanthemum.

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52 pages

Grades PreK-5


Chrysanthemum activities are designed to cultivate essential educational skills and social emotional understanding in a playful, creative setting. These activities are mostly for back-to-school, building camaraderie, respect, and a love of learning. They center around the beloved book, Chrysanthemum, and its charming protagonist. Students can dive deep into the narrative while fostering their creativity and language skills.

As a result of the included activities, students will be able to:

  • trace Chrysanthemum.
  • design a name tag that shows chrysanthemum’s personality.
  • sequence the story.
  • identify and infer Chrysanthemum’s character traits.
  • illustrate a cause and effect.
  • identify consonants and vowels.
  • sort parts of speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives).
  • define story vocabulary.
  • explore shades of meaning.
  • write about the story’s perspective and analyze the theme.
  • build a Chrysanthemum craft.
  • apply writing skills with included writing templates and prompts.
  • apply reading comprehension with included discussion questions for beginning, middle, and end of the book.
  • engage in social skills with included whole group prompts and activities.
  • develop fine motor skills with included coloring, tracing, cutting, and gluing activities.
  • play the name game.
  • learn the meaning of their names.
  • design a name collage.

These activities can be used by the whole group, at stations or centers, or provide student choice. They’re perfect for differentiation and focusing on specific learning goals and skills. 

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About the Book

Chrysanthemum is a funny and honest school story about teasing, self-esteem, and acceptance to share all year round. Chrysanthemum thinks her name is perfect. That is, until her first day of school, when merciless teasing over her name causes Chrysanthemum to wilt. Will she blossom again? This is a great book to break the ice during the first week of school. It gets children thinking about their own names and bonding with others in their class. It's a great vehicle to start a discussion about treating classmates with tolerance, kindness, and compassion. 

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