Lillys Purple Plastic Purse Activities and Lesson Plans
We love just about every book Kevin Henkes has ever written and Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse is right up there with the best of them.
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse is a popular children’s book written by Kevin Henkes. It tells the story of Lilly, a little mouse who loves her purple plastic purse.
Here is an overview of the book:
She loves school, she loves dressing up, and she even grows to love her stinky baby brother, Julius. Lilly loves everything! But when Lilly brings her purple purse to school and can’t wait until circle time to show off the purse and her new movie star sunglasses, her teacher, Mr. Slinger, has to take away her prized possessions.
Lilly’s fury leads her to draw a mean note and a mean picture of her favorite teacher. It isn’t until Mr. Slinger gives her belongings back to her at the end of the day with a kind note and snacks that Lilly realizes she owes Mr. Slinger an apology.
I’m excited to share some of my favorite engaging activities inspired by the book. From reading comprehension to crafts, Your students will love getting to know this fun character.
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse is a great book for kindergarteners or first graders. This picture book allows you to reinforce classroom expectations and classroom rules while falling in love with Lilly. This main character is also in his storybook companions in other Kevin Henke Books, like Chester’s Way and Julius, Baby of the World.
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse Activity: Student Responses
With our reading comprehension lesson plans, we visit and revisit a text for the entire week. Each day, our young learners respond to the text through partner discussions. Then, we ask students to make their thinking visible through student response activities. We know time is limited, so many teachers opt to have students respond in writing just a few times a week.
However, the key… the juice… the point of an interactive read-aloud is the discussions that take place as students orally respond to literature prompts.
Let’s take a minute to pause and appreciate the invented spelling. It is through these approximations that students grow as a writer. Do we have times of the day when we teach spelling patterns, phonics, and the skills of encoding and decoding words? Yes! Absolutely! You can see explicit sentence writing instruction during our Science of Reading block.
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse Activities: Retelling the Story
With each of our lesson plans, we focus on different comprehension strategies. We also introduce new vocabulary and deepen our comprehension with discussion topics. One of the activities we do with each book is focusing on the text details. Often times this means retelling the story in order.
After students sort the story picture cards, then they practice retelling the story to their partners. This is a fantastic way to reinforce oral language skills. At the beginning of the school year, teachers may need to support students during this partner-sharing time. But as the year progresses, lesson support is needed.
We love these images of the young mouse, Lilly! She is so excited about her new purple plastic purse.
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse Retelling Center
Once students have had the chance to practice retelling the story with the picture sequencing cards, you can add them to a literacy center bin. Include the book, and your students will love it.
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse Character Study
Students also have the opportunity to discuss the characters in our story and how they may change over time. This anchor chart is a great way to enhance our classroom discussions.
In this activity, we discuss how Lilly was at the beginning of the story, towards the middle of the story, and at the end of the book. We also talk about any lessons Lilly may have learned in the book.
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse Craft Activity
We love a good craft or two! This is a very simple construction paper craft. Then attach a piece of yarn to the back of the purse. Students will add their own retelling pieces to the purse.
You can download this free purse template by clicking:
All of the retelling pieces are free as well. You will find them at the end of this blog post.
We try to include engaging crafts in our lesson plans because they are the hook! You can also add the sentence study that is included in the printable version to the craft. This sweet Lilly is a keeper and her new sunglasses are poppin’!
Each week we look at a mentor sentence that is related to the story. As this is the beginning of the school year, we just focus on putting the words in order and noticing the capital letter and punctuation. As the year progresses, student will use these weekly sentences to discuss grammar and parts of speech.
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse Video
Throughout the week, you will be reading from the book. Each day you will discuss the comprehension focus in the lesson plans. You really can not conduct and interactive read aloud without the book. You may have this book already in your classroom collection or you can check it out from the school or local library.
However, it is nice to offer another voice and fluency model. So a video such as this one is perfect!
Free Purple Plastic Purse Lesson Plans
You can download this free file at the bottom of this blog post. If you are looking for a year long set of reading comprehension plans like these, you will find them in these links.
You can find these activities in our Engaging Readers Series.
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