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The Mixed-Up Chameleon



Last updated Monday, February 22, 2016

Author: Eric Carle
Date of Publication: 1988
ISBN: 0690043961
Grade Level: Kindergarten    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Apr. 2015

Synopsis: The chameleon's life was not very exciting until the day it discovered it could change not only its color but its shape and size, too. When it saw the wonderful animals in the zoo, it immediately wanted to be like them -- and ended up like all of them at once -- with hilarious results.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  What colors do you see on the front cover of the book?
•  What is the chameleon eating?
•  What is a chameleon? A type of lizard that can change the color of its skin to look like the colors that are around it.

Vocabulary:
•  chameleon - a type of lizard that can change the color of its skin to look like the colors that are around it

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  What is your favorite animal in the book, why?
•  Do you ever wish that you could have things in common, or strengths of certain animals? i.e. Do you wish you could swim like a fish?
•  Have the kids point out the different colors on the pages.
•  On the last page of the book point out that the rainbow colors match the animal tabs next to it.

Craft ideas:
•  Kids will need 1 paper plate and one light color sheet of paper cut into a circle the size of the paper plate. Volunteers will help cut out two chameleon shapes on the paper plate and kids will color the sheet of paper a variety of colors. Volunteers will help kids use a brad to place the paper plate on top of the colored paper so that the paper plate can spin around. For instructions, see http://tippytoecrafts.blogspot.com/2012/11/colorful-chameleons.html.
•  Cut out or draw different parts of the animals in the book and glue together to make your own mixed-up chameleon like the book.

Special activities:
•  Have kids complete the animal matching game provided.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!