1.  Opposites:  

  • Have students find the opposite pairs in story as you read it. 
  • List them on blackboard or chart paper. 
  • Have students add more opposites to the list. 
  • Have students write their own opposites story.

2.  Sequencing and comprehension activities: 

  • List in order, the places where Plaidypus was lost. 
  • Why/how did she lose him? 
  • How was he found each time?

3.  Looking for detail

  • List all the matching things that the little girl and her Plaidypus wore throughout the book
  • Endpapers are usually blank.  Notice the front and back endpapers of this book--how are they different?
  • Play the song "One-eyed, one-horned flying Purple People Eater" and compare  it to the "One-eyed, one-armed Plaida-polka-stripapus

4.  Flat Plaidypus

  • Trace Plaidypus pattern from cover on white paper
  • have students make a Plaidypus by cutting one out of inexpensive scraps of plaid wall paper using the pattern
  • Make a second Plaidypus with one arm/one eye missing using polka dot/ striped patches
  • Have them take Plaidypus on adventures, taking photos and keeping a journal

5.  Discovering plaid--make your own Plaidypus
     Discover the varieties of plaid by:

  • showing plaid clothing and/or fabric
  • having students make their own Plaidypus using paper, pencil, and crayons or markers

6.  Plaid in Scottish history

  • Show pictures of Scottish people wearing plaid--and how the plaid represented their family or clan. 
  • Bring in samples of plaid belonging to certain clans.
  • show where Scotland is on a map

7.  Missing poster

  • Discuss what it's like to lose something like a favorite toy, blanket, article of clothing, pet
  • Have students make a missing poster for something they have lost--what information needs to go on it?