Red and Lulu is a beautiful story that combines Christmas cheer with the magic of New York City. Within its pages you will find a message about how important it is to be surrounded by love. Here are some printable and digital Red and Lulu activities you can use in the classroom or at home.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Written and Illustrated by: Matt Tavares
Red and Lulu make their nest in a particularly beautiful evergreen tree. It shades them in the hot months and keeps them cozy in the cold months, and once a year the people who live nearby string lights on their tree and sing a special song: O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree. But one day, something unthinkable happens, and Red and Lulu are separated. It will take a miracle for them to find each other again. Luckily, it’s just the season for miracles. . . .
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RED AND LULU ACTIVITIES
This book companion has a large focus on comprehension and vocabulary. This resource has 12 questions to help guide the discussion as you read. Students can also respond to these questions in writing.
After reading the book, students can put the story back together with this sequencing activity.
Once students have practiced sequencing the story, they are ready to retell or summarize. There are several different graphic organizers to choose from. Students can also focus on the story with this story elements spinner.
For vocabulary, I selected 12 words and phrases for this story. Each vocabulary card has a matching definition. Students can play a memory matching game or use the cards in a pocket chart center. To continue working with these words, students can complete the fill-in-the-blanks page or vocabulary match-up activity.
This resource also includes a maze activity and opportunity for students to choose the perfect tree for Red and Lulu.
RED AND LULU WRITING CRAFT
After reading the book, students can put together this cardinal writing craft.
This craft includes a cardinal craft template. Students can choose whether to include just one cardinal or both. I have also included several suggestions for writing prompts, but you can always choose your own. If you don’t want to add a piece of writing, the cardinal can stand alone.
RED AND LULU DIGITAL ACTIVITIES
With many classrooms going digital, I decided to add some digital options to this book companion. In addition to the printable PDF, you will find a Google Slides link that can be used with Google Classroom. I have also included a fillable student PDF. Please note: these digital options do not include the cardinal craft. Instead, there is a slide with an image of a cardinal and a text box for a student response.
You can find all of these activities in my Red and Lulu Book Companion:
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