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Stick Man Activities: Enhancing Literacy Skills in the Classroom

This blog post dives into engaging literacy Stick Man activities designed to foster problem-solving, character analysis, and prediction skills among students. The Stick Man book is also great for classroom discussions focusing on perseverance, resilience, family love, identity, and the importance of home.

Stick man activities enhancing literacy skills in the classroom.

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Stick Man Summary

The Stick Man in the book by Julia Donaldson lives in a tree with his Stick Lady Love and their three stick children.

One day, a playful dog takes Stick Man away from his family. On his journey, he encounters challenges and meets different characters.

He’s used as a fetch stick, a pen for a love note, a snowman’s arm, and even ends up on a fireplace, ready to be burned!

Stick Man yearns to return home to his family, which becomes more intense as the seasons change and Christmas approaches.

When Stick Man helps Santa Claus stuck in a chimney, Santa flies him back to his family. He is reunited with his loved ones just in time for Christmas.

Stick Man Activities

Stick Man promotes overcoming challenges with perseverance and resilience and being helpful to others despite personal challenges.

This post will focus on Stick Man activities for problem and solution, character analysis, and prediction.

Stick Man Read-Aloud Questions

These questions related to the Stick Man book encourage students to think critically about Stick Man’s main problem, his attempts at solving these problems, and the reactions of other characters within the narrative.

  • What is Stick Man’s main problem in the story?
  • How does Stick Man try to solve his problem(s)?
  • What do you think of his problem-solving ideas?
  • How do other characters react to Stick Man, and why? How does their reaction contribute to the story?
  • How do the other characters contribute to Stick Man’s problem or solution?
  • Why do you think the author chose a stick as the main character in the story?
  • How do Stick Man’s problems escalate throughout the story?
  • Who helps Stick Man find a solution to his problem? How is Stick Man’s problem finally resolved?
  • What emotions does Stick Man experience throughout his journey? How do you know?
  • What would you have done differently if you were Stick Man?

 

I have over 120 Stick Man questions to use before, during, and after reading the book in this activity pack.

Stick Man Character Traits Activities

Through various scenarios in the Stick Man book, Stick Man’s character traits, such as perseverance, bravery, and kindness, are highlighted.

Activities involve tracking these traits, analyzing Stick Man’s interactions with other characters, mapping emotional responses, and observing character development. These Stick Man activities help students understand how experiences shape a character.

Visible Character Traits: Throughout the story, Stick Man showcases several distinct character traits, such as perseverance, bravery, and kindness through his actions and words.
Activity: As students read the story, have them track Stick Man’s character traits, encouraging students to pay close attention to his actions and words.

Interaction with Other Characters Stick Man’s interactions reveal more about his personality. For example, his willingness to help others despite his own troubles shows his selflessness.
Activity: Analyze Stick Man’s interactions with other characters. They can discuss what these interactions reveal about Stick Man’s character traits and how they contribute to the plot.

Emotional Responses Stick Man’s emotional responses to various situations provide another window into his character.
Activity: Map out Stick Man’s emotional responses throughout the story, then link these emotions to specific character traits. For instance, Stick Man’s determination in adversity shows his resilience.

Character Development: Stick Man undergoes significant character development throughout the story. He becomes more resilient and resourceful, learning from his experiences. 
Activity: Create a timeline of Stick Man’s journey, noting how his character changes at different points. This helps students understand how experiences can shape a character’s traits.

Stick Man Problem and Solution Activities

Stick Man’s plot is driven by various problems that Stick Man encounters, and he must find creative solutions to overcome these challenges.

Sequencing and Identifying Problems: The repetitive structure of “Stick Man” presents a series of problems that Stick Man must solve. This makes it an ideal tool for teaching students how to sequence events and identify problems in a narrative. 
Activity: Create a problem-solution chart. For each problem Stick Man encounters, they should identify the corresponding solution.

Predicting Solutions: Throughout the story, Stick Man comes up with imaginative solutions to his problems. This aspect can be used to develop students’ ability to predict outcomes based on given situations. 
Activity: After identifying each problem, ask students to write their predictions for how Stick Man will solve it before reading on. Later, they can compare their predictions with the actual solutions.

Understanding Cause and Effect: Stick Man provides opportunities for understanding the cause and effect relationship. Each problem Stick Man faces (cause) leads to a particular outcome (effect). 
Activity: Create a cause and effect diagram and list the problems (causes) and outcomes (effects). This activity helps students understand how actions and events are interrelated in a narrative.

Problem Escalation: As Stick Man’s journey progresses, his problems escalate. Recognizing this escalation helps students understand how problems can compound if not addressed correctly. 
Activity: Create a timeline of Stick Man’s journey, noting when and how his problems increase. This promotes sequencing skills and deepens understanding of the plot.

Stick Man Prediction Activities

The suspenseful plot of the Stick Man book makes it ideal for prediction activities. You can use foreshadowing elements, plot structure, engaging narrative, and emotional engagement to encourage students to anticipate what might happen next.

Creating story maps and emotion charts effectively involves students in storytelling, making predictions about Stick Man’s fate and feelings.

Foreshadowing: The author uses foreshadowing, dropping hints about what might happen next, an important element in making predictions.
Activity: Identify instances of foreshadowing in the text. Your students can then make predictions based on these clues.

Plot Structure: The structure of the plot helps students anticipate the story’s direction. Each event leads Stick Man further away from home, prompting students to predict how he might return.
Activity: Create a plot diagram highlighting key events. Your students can use this diagram to predict subsequent events.

Engaging Narrative The story of Stick Man’s adventures is full of unexpected twists and turns, stimulating students’ interest and encouraging them to guess what will happen next.
Activity: Create a ‘story map’ of Stick Man’s journey. Your students can use words or symbols to represent the different events in the story, helping them understand how one event leads to another.

Emotional Engagement: The story evokes empathy for Stick Man, which can help students connect emotionally with the story and make more engaged predictions.
Activity: Create a chart with emotions (happy, sad, scared, etc.). As you read the story, pause at key moments and ask students to predict Stick Man’s feelings.

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