Third graders have just finished reading “Wacky Wednesday” by Dr. Seuss. It is a very simple, yet hilarious, book for them to learn Past Tense. Apart from the simple story and repetitive past verbs, the book was also very fun to read because it was also a searching game. If you are playful and love Where’s-Wally-kind-of-books, this Dr. Seuss’ book is perfect for you. In all pages of the book, you have to find some wacky things.
When the students got the first part of the book (I divided it into 3 parts), they were instantly intrigued by the cover of the book. And when I asked, “What is so wacky about the cover picture?”, they raised their hands enthusiastically.
“Me!”, “Me!”, “Me!”, said everyone.
“The girl in the middle don’t have legs,” one answered.
“Yes, the girl in the middle doesn’t have legs. What else?”
“The girl on the right, the neck is cut,” other replied.
“Yup, that’s right. Her neck is not connected to the body,” I explained. “So, a girl with no legs and a girl’s neck disconnected from her body, is that normal?
“Nooooo…” they answered.
“Is that normal or wacky?”
“So wacky! It’s very wacky!”
“So, how do you say ‘wacky’ in Indonesian?”
“It’s aneh, Bu!”
“Exactly. This book has so many wacky things and we’re going to find out on every page.”
“It’s like a game?” one student asked.
“Yes, it’s like a game,” I replied.
“YAY! GAME!” cheered everyone.
Who doesn’t like games? I think we all do. And the third graders do, too.
So, on every page, we stopped and have a look closer. First, to find the past verbs on the page and second, to find the wacky things on it. It was so exciting!
Here is the example of the book page:
After spotting four past verbs on these two pages (which are: looked, said, were, saw), we wrote them on the worksheet and change them into Present form. And then we tried to find three wacky things, as stated on the page. Can you spot them? Yup, you’re right. It’s the banana growing from an apple tree. Wacky, huh? What else? Yes, you got it. It’s the worm chasing the chicken. It should be the other way around, don’t you think? What is the last wacky thing? Uh-huh, it’s the water hose! It’s cut in the middle but still sprays some water. That’s so wacky!
So, third graders were having so much fun last week reading all three parts of the books, finding the past verbs and all the wacky things you can imagine! A stroller with a tiger inside, American flag with no stars on, a tree growing in a toilet, a boy taking a bath with a sock on, an airplane on a busy city street! You name it. All the wacky things you can imagine, you can find them here on the book. It’s the wackiest book of all.
After having fun with the book, we tried to make similar story, but we changed the story setting. We made “Wacky Wednesday in Sekolah Kembang”. Everyone was excited to start making their own story.
I designed the worksheet as 4 strip comic with some sentences provided as hints. They got to draw the pictures of the story and fill in some of the missing words, which were words from the book. The first box was talking about the beginning of the story with Sekolah Kembang front door as the setting. The second box was talking about some wacky things they can find in the school playground. The third box was their classroom’s turn to be changed into a wacky one. And in the last box, they can make a thing/person in the classroom into a wacky thing. The students found the task challenging and exciting at the same time. They got the chance to change normal things into wacky ones. How cool was that?
Here are some of their interesting works. Can you find the wacky things in the third graders’ works? Let’s play along and enjoy their works!