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Henry and Mudge



The Starry Night

Hello fellow 2nd grade teacher,

I just got finished reading Henry and Mudge and the Starry Night with my students; which is in our Reading Basal.

After reading the story and doing activities for the week, we had an indoor campfire on Friday. The students made wood, fire, and rocks out of paper. I brought in a hiking backpack, flashlights, marshmallows and graham crackers, and the students had written scary stories to share with the class around the "fire". One student cut holes in a piece of construction paper and we put it on the overhead. When we turned out the lights it made stars in the sky. Also, we played games like The Telephone Game where students whisper something around the circle and see if the message changes by the end. The kids loved it!

Hope this helps,


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Having a campfire in the classroom is such a cute idea. The Starry Night is also in my basal. When I get to it, I'm going to use your idea. Thanks for sharing it.


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Fun with Henry and Mudge

After we read the story - I typed up a paper with 8 sentneces from the story. I had the kids write them on bones and then feed them to their paper Mudge they had made in the order in which they happened in the story! They had a great time and was super sequencing practice! :)


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ABC Teach has a bunch of comprehension worksheet to go along with most of the Henry and Mudge book. I highly recommend this website if you are not a member already. Our school purchased it for us and it is GREAT!


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continuing the story

We have the first Henry and Mudge story in our basal. One of the activities my kids love is to write their own story using the same characters. We talk about realistic fiction and how it can be real events. Some of our stories have been great. This can be done in cooperative groups, never ending story format (everyone writes a sentence) or individually. The illustrations are priceless.

We have also done text-to-text comparisions with Clifford...venn diagrams are perfect. Letter writing to either Henry or Mudge. A visit from a dog breeder or Humane Society (one year we did a community service project for the Humane Society in conjunction with the story).

BTW-Our school just did a "Dress as a Book Character" Day to kick off our Book Fair. One of my boys came as Henry with the biggest stuffed dog I have ever seen...obviously Mudge. It was really cute.



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harcourt reading book

Are you asking about Henry and Mudge because you are using the Harcourt reading book series? If so this websit is very helpful.


I've been using the H & M series as a springboard for choosing just right books. I read it, "sell it," talk about the friendship between the two main characters and discuss how important it is for us to read the first book in the series so that we know how the characters relationship began. Sometimes kids in my class think H & M is too easy but when I read it as a read aloud, suddenly they all want to read it. Then I spend a week or two on a series study. Again, when I sell the idea of Amelia Bedelia and Cam Jansen, etc. they all gravitate to those books and are not so quick to read level M books before they are ready. My job of teaching the importance of choosing just right books becomes so much easier. The fun of the workshop for my kids is in the share at the end. They can't wait to get up in front of the class and talk about what they learned about themselves as readers.