Miss Nelson Has a Field Day

Last updated Sunday, October 23, 2005

Author: Harry Allard
Illustrator: James Marshall
Date of Publication: 1988
ISBN: 0395486548
Grade Level: 2nd    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Jul. 2002

Synopsis: As the big high school football game approaches, the struggling Tornadoes are whipped into shape by the mysterious Viola Swamp, who fills in for the frazzled regular coach. Will hard work and determination pay off? And who is this Miss Swamp?

Discussion topics: To be posted soon ...

Craft ideas:
•  This story features two teams: the Tornadoes and the Werewolves. Design your own football helmet/shirt and team name.
•  Copy or draw Ms. Nelson or Coach Swamp, and cut the pictures up into pieces to make a puzzle.
•  Make football cards for the Tornadoes (or for your class!), with pictures and stats/information on the back.

*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!