Corduroy Book Activities

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

''Corduroy'' is a picture book that deals with themes of friendship and love. This lesson offers you some ideas for activities that will engage your students in the story.

Corduroy by Don Freeman

Corduroy, the picture book by Don Freeman, tends to be well-loved by children in preschool and the early elementary grades. The story tells of Corduroy, a teddy bear who lives among other toys in a department store. One day, a little girl, Lisa, comes to the store and expresses interest in Corduroy, but her mother tells her he is missing a button. Corduroy goes on an expedition around the department store to find a button but is unsuccessful. The next day Lisa returns to the store with her mother and buys Corduroy after all. She brings him home and fixes his button, telling him that she loves him no matter what he looks like. The two become friends, and Corduroy is introduced to the concept of home.

The activities in this lesson will help you make the most of this charming story with your young students.

Before Reading

These activities will help activate students' prior knowledge before engaging with the text.

What Makes a Friend?

Ask each student to come up with one idea for something that makes a person a good friend. Have each child illustrate the idea on a piece of paper. Then bring the papers together to make a paper quilt displaying students' ideas about what makes friendship. Refer back to the quilt when discussing Lisa's connection with Corduroy.

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