Elmer and the Birthday Quake
Written and illustrated by David McKee
Happy Birthday ONE! STOMP! Elmer the patchwork elephant and his cousin Wilbur search the jungle to discover the cause of a distant noise while Rose and a whole herd of elephants gather to celebrate Old’s hundredth birthday. The little birthday gathering, though, causes Old and the other elephants some big trouble. Lucky for all of the elephants involved, Super El is nearby to save the day!
David McKee’s beloved Elmer stars in another sweet book perfect for a class birthday party or for second or third grade class’ one hundredth day of school celebration. The colorful illustrations and sweet story are well-suited for a class wide read aloud, and as a kinesthetic activity, students could finish the birthday chant started by the pink herd of elephants…without the earthquake!
Elmer and the Birthday Quake introduces the idea of an earthquake brought on by the elephant’s thunderous stomping. Students are fascinated by science in action, and it would be really neat to hold a series of experiments on vibration and gravity. There are several easy ideas for elementary experiments on gravity at http://www.brighthubeducation.com/science-fair-projects/96195-gravity-science-projects/.
Elmer is widely known and appreciated; it would be easy to incorporate Elmer and the Birthday Quake within an entire Elmer unit. For numerous Elmer the Elephant activities for every subject in an elementary classroom, visit
http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/library/books/elmer.htm. This book and the entire Elmer series are fantastic books for connecting literacy with all the disciplines.