MISS NELSON IS BACK Book by Harry Allard, illustrated by James Marshall Themes: School/ Substitute Teachers Grade Level: K-2 Running Time: 13:00 SUMMARY When Miss Nelson leaves to have her tonsils out, the kids in Room 207 prepare to cact up d. Warned about the mean substitute Viola Swamp, they cre- ate a Miss Nelson lookalike to get rid of boring Mr. Blandsworth, the principal, until the real cSwamp d shows up to set things straight.
OBJECTIVES " Children will discuss their feeling about school. " Children will investigate substitute teachers. " Children will explore problem solving tech- niques.
BEFORE VIEWING ACTIVITIES Share the book Miss Nelson Is Back with chil- dren. Then ask: " How do you think the children felt about Miss Nelson leaving? " How do you think they felt about having Viola Swamp as a substitute?
" What kinds of things could Mr. Blandsworth have done to make the class more exciting? " How do you think Miss Nelson felt when she discovered what the children had done?
Encourage children to talk about the kind of sub- stitute they might like to have if you had to be away for awhile. Ask: " What kinds of things would you like ... more. less.
the substi- tute teacher to do with you? " What kind of personality would you like the substitute to have?<br><br> " What things could you do to help the substitute teacher feel welcome? Give children an opportunity to draw both a nice and not nice substitute teacher. Have the children describe their drawings, discussing the differences between the two teachers.<br><br> AFTER VIEWING ACTIVITIES " Talk with children about their favorite charac- ters from the book. Provide children with paper plates, markers, art scraps (yarn, ribbon, pieces of fabric, pieces of felt) scissors, and glue. Have children use the materials on the paper plates to create paper plate masks that represent their favorite characters.<br><br> When children have finished, punch holes in the sides of the plates and string yarn through the holes so that children can wear the masks. Give each child an opportunity to model his or her mask for classmates. See if chil- dren can identify the characters the masks repre- sent.<br><br> " Have children recall the collection of pens Mr. Blandsworth shared with the children in Miss Nelson 9s class. Then have children describe the things they collect.<br><br> Encourage children to bring in their collections and share them with their class- mates. " Remind children of the way Miss Nelson uncovered what was going on in school during her absence. Have children talk about their feelings regarding what Miss Nelson did to the class.<br><br> Ask: " Do you think Miss Nelson found a good way to solve the problem? " What else could Miss Nelson have done to stop what was going on in her class? " What would you have done if you were Miss Nelson?<br><br> " Do you think the children will ever try to dress up as Miss Nelson again? Why? Why not?<br><br> O THER VIDEOS AND FILMS AVAILABLE FROM W ESTON W OODS THAT EXPLORE SCHOOL SITUATIONS INCLUDE : CHRYSANTHEMUM , by Kevin Henkes CROWBOY , by Taro Yashima THE DAYJIMMY 9S BOAATE THE WASH , by Trina Hakes Noble and illustrated by Steven Kellogg MISS NELSON HAS AFIELD DAY , by Harry Allard and illustrated by James Marshall THE MYSTERIOUS TADPOLE , by Steven Kellogg MISS NELSON IS BACK CALL1-800-243-5020 TO ORDER THESE AND OTHER WESTON WOODS VIDEOS! This guide may be photocopied for free distribution without restriction