Pearl and Wagner Activities

Instructor: Kristen Goode

Kristen has been an educator for 25+ years - as a classroom teacher, a school administrator, and a university instructor. She holds a doctorate in Education Leadership.

'Pearl and Wagner' is a series of books by Kate McMullan about two friends and the many adventures they navigate together. Use the activities below to make the stories come alive for your students.

Pearl and Wagner

Pearl and Wagner are two classmates who have become good friends. Throughout the series of books, Pearl and Wagner share many experiences that help them to develop their friendship with one another. The projects below, intended for use with elementary learners, will help students to truly connect with these stories and pull meaning that they can apply on a personal level.

What Makes a Good Friend?

Activity to go with any of the Pearl and Wagner books

Materials: writing paper or access to a computer for writing

  • Put students into pairs and give each pair writing paper or access to a computer for writing.
  • Instruct each pair to discuss what makes a good friend.
  • Allow time for each pair to discuss. Encourage them to make some notes as they come up with ideas.
  • Next, have each pair create a 1-3 minute presentation describing what makes a good friend. Encourage them to consider adding a short skit to their presentation to help them make their point.
  • Allow time for students to work on their presentations.
  • Have each pair present their work to the class. Allow for class discussion after each presentation.

Create Your Own Robot

Activity to go with the book, Pearl and Wagner: Two Good Friends

Materials: drawing paper, markers or colored pencils, writing paper, pencils

  • As a class, talk about the robot that Peal and Wagner created. What did it look like? What materials were used to make it?
  • Give each student a piece of drawing paper and some markers or colored pencils.
  • Ask students to think about what their robot would look like if they could create one. Have them draw a picture of it on their paper.
  • Next, give students writing paper and a pencil.
  • Instruct students to write about the robots they have designed. Encourage them to use sentences like:
    • ''My robot would be a ... ''
    • ''To make my robot, I would use ... ''
    • ''If my robot had a special skill, it would be ... ''
    • Encourage students to think of additional ideas to write about their robots.
  • Once complete, let students share their pictures and their writing with the class.

April Fool's Chart

Activity to go with the book, Pearl and Wagner: One Funny Day

Materials: drawing paper, markers or colored pencils

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