#20 Teacher’s Pets The Giant Jelly Bean Jar
|THE GIANT JELLY BEAN JAR
written by Marcie Aboff
illustrated by Paige Billin-Frye
Dutton Children’s Books
Beans! Beans! Beans! There are lima beans, coffee beans, kidney beans and refried beans. I love them all! But my favorite kinds of beans are jelly beans – and every flavor, too. Cherry, grape, lemon-lime, licorice . . . YUM! Double yum for strawberry and banana.
I bet Marcie Aboff loves jelly beans, too. After all, she did write The Giant Jelly Bean Jar. But I wonder if she really likes pizza jelly beans. I mean, whoever heard of pizza jelly beans? Next she’ll probably think of spinach or olive, or liver jelly beans. Arrrghhh!
Then illustrator, Paige Billin-Frye dabs her color onto the pages to make those jelly beans look so yummy and so inviting. Who can help but want to eat them all up?
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FROM the MOUTHS of KIDDLE CRITers: a critique group
Jo-Jo’s apron said, “I love Jelly Beans,” said Philippe.
“And he made all different kinds of jelly beans,” said Meg.
“Jam jelly beans sound very interesting to me,” said Becky. “Even the popcorn jelly beans are interesting.”
“My favorite jelly beans are bubble gum,” said Anya.
“My favorite are blueberry,” said Kurtis.
“Popcorn jelly beans are really, really crazy,” said Greg.
Keisha giggled. “I like pizza jelly beans.”
“I wonder what pizza jelly beans would look like.” asked Marta.
“Pizza jelly beans would be yellow with some red under the yellow and a little brown,” said Sarit.
“Maybe reddish-orange,” said Anya.
“Anya!” said Pritka laughing. “That sounds like pepperoni jelly beans.”
Ewwww, gross!” said Hannah.
“Some of Jo-Jo’s jelly beans were disgusting and some were good,’ said Lucy.
“That jelly bean man made a lot of different kinds of jelly beans,” said Greg.
“He had a jelly bean contest,” said Charlie.
“I won a candy corn contest once,” said Pritka. “I guessed the exact number!”
“And Jo-Jo made a riddle and who ever got it right won a jar of jelly beans,” said Meg.
“A riddle has clues and you have to put the clues together and try to think of the big answer,” said Juan.
“From my point of view,” said Anya, “A riddle is something that people use instead of telling somebody what it really is.”
“Well, every time Jo-Jo said a riddle,” said Juan, “Ben knew the answer . . .”
‘But, I think he was shy and that’s why he didn’t say anything,” said Becky.
“Yeah, I think Ben felt very nervous,” said Zach.
“I was nervous once,” said Marta, “because I was going to sing in the choir.”
“Well, once I had to dance in front of two hundred people,” said Pritka. “I was very, very shy – like Ben.”
“I think Ben is like most people,” said Zach. “I get shy very easily, too.”
“But Ben knew the answer, he just forgot because he was so excited,” said Hannah.
“And embarrassed,” said Marta.
“I was sad because Ben lost two times,” said Greg.
“I think Ben was sad, too,” said Katie-Erin
“But, when it was the anniversary party,” said Juan, “Ben gave up his fear and won.”
“Right!” said Marta. “If you like something so much, you never give up on it. Ben deserved to win.”
“And he got crowned Prince of the Jelly Beans,” said Hannah with a giggle.
Is it a “G” or is it a “J”?
Jo-Jo’s Jelly Bean shop was crazy with weird flavored jelly beans. The English language is crazy, too, with weird combination letter sounds. So maybe, with the help of Jo-Jo and his jelly bean book, we can figure out this riddle of the English language. I know it’s a long shot, but it’s a start.
Explain the sound concept of hard and soft “G” and the letter “J” to the children. Then make three columns on the chalkboard or whiteboard. Have the children suggest words that begin with these sounds and have them decide which column they belong under. When all children seem to know the concept, place them into teams of two or three and give each team a sheet of paper, which is pre-folded into three columns. Have the children write Hard “G” in the first column, Soft “G” in the second column, and “J” in the third column.
Each team takes a turn to search through the Giant Jelly Bean Jar book to locate all the words that begin with these letters. (Hint: There is only one soft ‘G’ word.) The team that finds all of the words or comes the closest is the winner. Sounds like a contest to me.
JELLY BEAN PATTERN
Have each child spread a sheet of paper towel on his/her desk. Give them twenty jellybeans in a small, sealed, plastic, sandwich bag. Have the children open their plastic bags and place their jellybeans on the towel. Next, have them arrange the beans to make a variety of repeating patterns. (Their pattern must be able to repeat at least once.)
Child 1: green, orange, green, orange
Child 2: pink, yellow, orange, green, pink, yellow, orange, green
Child 3: red, red, green, yellow, red, red, green, yellow, etc.
When the children are ready, visit each desk and have them read their pattern to you.
After everyone has had a chance to read their pattern, they may eat the jellybeans. Bon apetit!
(Although I examined these websites and found them to be very helpful, please use them at your own discretion.)
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