Suzy Kline



Horrible Harry in Room 2B

Recycling:  Make your own stub people from scraps

Visit your local recycling plant to find out more.

Read aloud the delightful picture book, I Stink! by Kate and Jim McMullen

Read about Bees and what to do if you get stung!

Find out more about how Pilgrims used dead fish to fertilize crops

Act out "The Thanksgiving Play"

Go to your school library and check out the newest dinosaur book

Take a field trip to the aquarium like Harry's class

Horrible Harry and the Green Slime

 Study the three states of matter: solids, liquids and gases

Make your own slime.  See recipe on pg. 55

Do a teacher read aloud of Charlotte's Web by E.B.White just for the joy of it!

Study spiders.(See Melvin Berger's Spinning Webs)

Create your own cobweb invasion at your school like Harry's class

Make DO NOT SMOKE posters, then act out "The Deadly Skit"

Have public speaking in your room by doing "Demonstrations"

Horrible Harry and the Ant Invasion

Order your own ant farm for a class study

Have an ant invasion at your school like Harry's class

Read the picture book, Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin then ask students to write a "Diary of an Ant."

Bring in a fish tank, talk about good pet care, then observe fish

Talk about good manners, then have a square dance!

Horrible Harry's Secret

Have a tank of water frogs.  Study their development.

Read about teeth. Ask a student to donate his/her "lost tooth" for science experiments. 
Ex.  What happens when a tooth is left in a glass of soda?   Milk?

Do a teacher read aloud of Chandra & Comora's George Washington's Teeth

Secrets!  Write about something that the class may not know about you. 

Draw a self portrait that shows your interests around the borders.

Horrible Harry and the Christmas Surprise

Rediscover Nursery Rhymes!  Contrast Eulalie Grover's Mother Goose (The Original Volland Edition) and Nina Crews The Neighborhood Mother Goose.  Pick out your favorites and read them in unison.

Enjoy Kathleen Krull's M is for Music

Create your own lyrics to familiar tunes or add new verses!
 (see Sing-Along Stories like Mary Ann Hoberman & Nadine Bernard Westcott's Mary Had a Little Lamb)

Brainstorm a list of sounds in your room.  On the playground? On a class walk?

Tape record a class reading of The Night Before Christmas adding special sound effects.

Horrible Harry and the Kickball Wedding

Do a  teacher read aloud of the classic, Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

Act out the "Recess Wedding" for a Valentine's Day play

Have a special Valentine's Day Kickball Game.  Use red chalk to make heart bases.

Brainstorm what Harry loves!  Is there one thing on his list that you love too?

Horrible Harry and the Dungeon

Have your own Science Clubs like Room 2B.

Study painted lady butterflies by raising them in class.

Read about the Fibonacci Sequence that occurs in nature.
  (See G is for Google, A Math Alphabet Book, by David Schwartz Pages "F" and "N"

Read about a dungeon in Kate DiCamillo's delightful fairy tale, The Tale of Despereaux

Enjoy Gail Gibbons' Monarch Butterfly!

Horrible Harry and the Purple People

Do a teacher read aloud of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll just for fun!

Have a a Mad Tea Party like Room 2B

Create your own "Purple People" and display them in the hall!

Draw Humbug, Hogwash, Hooey, Hokum, Balderdash and Poppycock.
Be sure to print underneath their portrait one thing they don't like!

Write a story about something you lost.  Be sure to include places you  looked, what you had to do without it, and where you finally found it - if you did!   Did  you learn something?


Horrible Harry and the Drop of Doom

Create your own amusement park ride

Take a photo of three students sitting on a school stair, and have them pretend they're on the "The Drop of Doom!"  Display the pictures!

Make your own "paper quilt" of your favorite school activities

Write your own epitaphs for a cemetery of people who didn't make good choices, or didn't have good common sense.
 (Ex:   Here lies Robert Henry Poked
who died at 30
 because he smoked.)

Write about a fear you had once.  How did you get over it?

Horrible Harry Moves Up to Third Grade

Bring your own mementoes in a bag from summer to share.
Study rocks and minerals (see Eye-Witness Series: Rocks and Minerals,  and MacLeod, Skelton & Stringer's Rocks c 1993.

Visit a mine if possible

Visit a nearby museum that features rock exhibits

Act out the chapter, "Things Get Rocky."

Ask a jeweler to speak to your class about gems.

Write a story about a time you got lost.

Horrible Harry Goes to the Moon

Study the moon and collect fascinating facts.
See Ian Graham's The Best Book of the Moon c 1999 

Figure out how high you can jump on the Moon!  (see pg. 14)

Have a Moon Bake Sale, then use the profits to buy a telescope.

Have your own Moonwatch with your families at night. 

Create a class magazine that features stories/illustrations about your observations.

Make a scrapbook of newspaper articles about  the new Mars' explorations.

Horrible Harry Goes to Sea

Take a field trip on a riverboat

Read two terrific follow-up pirate picture book stories:
 Melinda Long / David Shannon's How I Became a Pirate
Mem Fox/Kathryn Brown's Tough Boris c1994

Write your own sea chantey like Sidney.

Find out about your own ancestors.  Where were they from?

Find out more fascinating facts about famous ships like the Titanic, and the Mayflower  (see Kate Waters' On the Mayflower  c 1996, and  Hugh Brewster/Laurie Coulter's  882 1/2 Amazing Answers to your Questions about the TITANIC 

Read aloud the delightful story of a tugboat:  Kate and Jim McMullen's I'm MIGHTY!

Horrible Harry at Halloween

Study water by having  your own water experiment demonstrations
(See Walter Wick's A Drop of Water)

Estimate how many seeds are in a big pumpkin and a small pumpkin.  Then find out:  Does your larger pumpkin have more seeds? 
Bake the pumpkin seeds in oil & salt for a snack!

Do a teacher read aloud of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

Have someone take a picture of your headless class! (see pg. 36)

Make a Readers' Theater out of  the last chapter, "The Case of the Missing Pixie Dust."

Make a Halloween Bar Graph for your class. (Use Room 3B's categories: fairy tale, animal costumes, and occupations.)

Horrible Harry and the Dragon War

Find out more about dragons: see Song Zhang &Hao Zhang's A Time of Golden Dragons  c 2000, and St. George and the Dragon  by Margaret Hodges

Draw your own rainbow using the scientific color order of ROYGBIV  (see pg. 17)

Do a teacher read aloud of  the classic, My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett

Choose your own favorite animals from stories, and have an Animal Hall of Fame!

Horrible Harry and the Mud Gremlins

Grow your own bread mold like Room 3B.
Make slides for the microscope of the green fungi

Study fungi.  See Dorling Kindersley Handbooks: MUSHROOMS 

Visit a state park and discover mushrooms with a guide from the Mycological Society.

Write about "Something I Hate"  like Room 3B did  (See pg. 17)
Display your stories on a Writing Wall

Reorganize your book shelves into fiction and nonfiction.




Reader's Theatre

"Under the Library Table" From Herbie Jones

Characters:  Mrs. Jones, Herbie Jones, Mr. Jones, Olivia Jones, Annabelle Louisa Hodgekiss, Raymond Martin, Narrator, SFX Person

Settings:  Herbie's house; library

Time: Evening

Props: Some keys


MRS. JONES:  HERBIE! Your dinner's getting cold.

MR. JONES: What's gotten into that boy? He's never late to dinner. Who wants some meatloaf?

OLIVIA: I do. Please.

NARRATOR: A few minutes later, Herbie sat down at the table.

HERBIE:  Sorry, Mom. I had to brush my teeth.

MR. JONES: You brush before meals now?

OLIVIA:  He wants his breath to smell nice for Annabelle. Did you have fun at her house today? Hmmm?

NARRATOR:  Herbie blew some breath in Olivia's face.

SFX PERSON: (Exhales loudly.)

OLIVIA: Hmmm, wintergreen. Nice, Erb. I also like the way you combed your hair.

HERBIE: Thanks, Olive!

MR. JONES: Are you going somewhere tonight, son?

HERBIE: To the library.

OLIVIA: What are you studying at the library?

HERBIE: Poetry. Miss Pinkham told us we could make a book of poems together.

MRS. JONES: Miss Pinkham told who?

HERBIE: Annabelle and me.

OLIVIA: Hmmm. You might look up Carl Sandburg. He wrote a neat poem called "Fog." We read it in English last week.

HERBIE: Thanks, Olive. Carl who?

OLIVIA: Sandburg. It rhymes with Hamburg.

HERBIE: Got it! I told Annabelle I'd pick her up at six o'clock so I better get going.

NARRATOR: Twenty minutes later, Herbie and Annabelle walked up the steps to the library.

SFX PERSON: (Jingles some keys.)

ANNABELLE: What is that tinkling noise behind us? (Groans.) Oh, it's Raymond Martin and his dog, Shadow. I bet they're following us.  Let's hurry up and go inside.

NARRATOR: Herbie and Annabelle dashed into the library and went over to the card catalogue.

ANNABELLE: Now, what poet did you want to look up, Herbie?

HERBIE: Uh...Carl Hamburger.

ANNABELLE: (Giggling.) I think you mean Carl Sandburg.

NARRATOR: Ray hurriedly tied Shadow to a parking meter in front of the library. Then he joined Herbie and Annabelle at the card catalogue.

RAYMOND: What'cha looking up?

HERBIE: Hi, Ray!

ANNABELLE: We're busy, Raymond.

HERBIE: Olivia told me some guy named Carl Sandburg writes good poetry. I want to read his poem "Fog." Here it is!

ANNABELLE: Shhhh! Let's read it over here. I'll put our other poetry books down on the table.

NARRATOR: Just as Raymond was about to sit down, Annabelle flared her nostrils.

SFX PERSON: (Inhales deeply and sniffs.)

ANNABELLE: Sorry, Raymond. There's just enough room for Herbie and me and our books.You can sit behind us at the next table. Read the poem, Herbie.

HERBIE: "Fog," by Carl Sandburg.

           The fog comes

            on little cat feet.

            It sits looking

             over harbor and city

             on silent haunches

             and then, moves on.

 Gee, it doesn't rhyme!

NARRATOR: Raymond leaned over.

RAYMOND: It must not be a real poem.

HERBIE: has to be a poem. Olivia said Carl Hamburger is a poet.

ANNABELLE: I like poems that rhyme better.

HERBIE: What does haunches mean?

ANNABELLE: I'll get the big Webster's dictionary, and we can look it up.

NARRATOR: When she returned, they flipped through the pages until they came to the H section.

ANNABELLE: Here it is. It says the two rounded parts on your lower back.

HERBIE: Rounded parts?

RAYMOND: They mean rear end.

ANNABELLE: (Giggles.) My mom always told me to call it derriere - that's the French word for it.

HERBIE:  Derriere? We call them buns at my house.

HERBIE/ANNABELLE/RAYMOND: (Together they crack up.)

ANNABELLE: Shhhh! We're going to get in trouble. Wait a minute! What's that under the card catalogue? It has...four legs and it' and hairy.

HERBIE: Shadow!


ANNABELLE: Over by the card catalogue. He's squatting.

RAYMOND: Oh, no! When he sits on his...

HERBIE: Haunches...

RAYMOND: That means he has to...

NARRATOR:  Raymond dashes for his dog and pulled him outside.

SFX PERSON: (Makes running footsteps and barks three times.)

NARRATOR: While Shadow ran to a big bush, Raymond looked back through the glass door of the library at Herbie and Annabelle.

RAYMOND: Just look at them! They're still laughing about that dumb word, haunches. Herbie doesn't even care that I'm gone. They sure don't need me. What's the matter with Herbie anyway? Is he sick or something?

NARRATOR: Ray continued looking through the glass door. When Herbie's green notebook fell to the floor, Herbie and Annabelle crawled underneath the table.

HERBIE: Where did my notebook go?

ANNABELLE: I'll get it.

HERBIE: I'll get it.

HERBIE/ANNABELLE: Ouch! We bumped heads!

NARRATOR: Ray got up slowly.

RAYMOND: Oh, no. Herbie is staring into Annabelle's eyes and not moving. I know what's wrong with Herbie. He's sick all right. Lovesick! He likes a girl. He has the G Disease! I can't desert my buddy now! I'm keeping a close watch on things. Maybe there's time to save Herbie before it's too late.