Extension Activities for CIRCUS TRAIN by Jennifer Cole Judd (And a GIVE AWAY!)

Judd-CircusTrain-hires-FTCV-RGB-Final(2)Thanks so much for joining us again as we celebrate the launch of Jennifer Cole Judd’s debut picture book CIRCUS TRAIN (Two Lions Publishing).  Teachers and parents are always looking for ways to tie picture books into the curriculum or extend the enjoyment with post-reading activities. With that in mind, today I have asked Jennifer to share with us some extension activities she has developed for CIRCUS TRAIN.  Take it away, Jennifer!

Thanks, Laura. CIRCUS TRAIN lends itself to some fun extension activities. I’ll list a few here.

1. Animal Hunt. CIRCUS TRAIN is full of colorful animals. How many different animals can you find? Also, there are a few critters that show up again and again throughout the book. How many times can you spot a puppy with a pink tutu? A circus monkey with a red hat? A bright-eyed zebra?

2. Five Senses Fun. All five senses can be involved when reading CIRCUS TRAIN. Create a bubble map with each of the five senses (or just list them off!). Using the words and illustrations in the story, what are some things you can smell? See? Hear? Touch? Taste? Some examples to get you started are you might imagine the smell of popcorn, the sound of cannon fire, or the taste of pink cotton candy. Can you think of other things at a circus that aren’t mentioned in the book that you might also be able to touch, taste, smell, hear, or see?

3. Clowning Around. Count how many different clowns are in CIRCUS TRAIN. If you were a clown, what would your costume look like? Draw a picture of a clown. You might like to give him or her a name and share a silly action your clown likes to perform.

4. Vocabulary Building. There are some fun words CIRCUS TRAIN that are unique to a circus, as well as some new words that you may not recognize. Explore these vocabulary words: vendors, trapeze, ringmaster, encore, prancing, unfurling.

5. Circus Act Challenge. Have you ever been to a circus before? Which was your favorite circus act? Did you find it in CIRCUS TRAIN? If not, can you write a short rhyme about your favorite circus act? Or draw a picture of that act?

Jen Judd web picBIO: Jennifer Cole Judd writes children’s poetry and picture books. Her debut picture book, CIRCUS TRAIN, debuts this month from Two Lions Publishing. She also co-edited and contributed to AN EYEBALL IN MY GARDEN (Two Lions), a spooky middle-grade poetry anthology. Find out more about Jennifer by checking out her website. She can also be found on TwitterFacebook, and Goodreads.

Now for the GIVEAWAY! We have one copy of CIRCUS TRAIN up for grabs! To enter for a chance to win simply leave a comment. Optional: Tell us what your favorite act in the circus is.  (Note: You must be at least 13 to enter and you may only enter once.) The contest ends Thursday, 3/26/2015 at 11:59 pm EST. The winner, whose name will be pulled from a hat, will be announced Friday. THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW OVER. PRESS HERE to see who won.



16 thoughts on “Extension Activities for CIRCUS TRAIN by Jennifer Cole Judd (And a GIVE AWAY!)

  1. Great activities! My favorite circus act is the juggling act. That’s one of my skills. I often juggle time between motherhood, a FT job, and writing! 🙂

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