Lesson plan developed by Aurora Tollestrup, BS Ed.
* Lesson plan objective and assessment can be adapted to use this activity with school-age children.
- Read the book Ghost-Eye Tree by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault at circle time or story time.
- Upon completion of the book, show the children the front cover illustration and discuss it.
- Ask probing questions about the illustration and allow the children to give their ideas and opinions.
- Invite the children to paint their own ghost-eye tree by using a new technique.
- Demonstrate the technique of using light to dark circles of paint coming from the circle outline on the paper to represent moonlight (see photo).
- After the paint dries, the children will create the tree by ripping strips of black construction paper and gluing them onto the painting.
- Assess and record the children’s ability to tell about their artwork. How do they describe their painting? How do they describe the technique?
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Author: Bill Martin Jr.
Bill Martin Jr. was a teacher, principal, author, and poet. He wrote numerous children’s books over the span of many years. Martin often collaborated with skilled illustrators to create the colorful and expressive pictures that adorn the pages of each book. Works such as Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do you See? and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom are used in early childhood classrooms all over the United States each and every day. These books are also often co-written with authors such as John Archambault (Chicka Chick Boom Boom) or Michael Sampson (Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Going to School?). These works of children’s literature are so popular, that it is common to see murals depicting the books on walls of schools or children wearing clothing reflecting the imagery in the books. Many of Bill Martin Jr.’s works are classic pieces of children’s literature.