Reading Aloud Activity

Posted on Dec 2, 2014 | Resources

Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge

Suggested Ages: Grades 2-3

Submitted by Imelda Corpuz-Amano, School Librarian, Manoa Elementary School



Activity: Pre-Reading


Important note: This story must read at the beginning of a (school) year and read again at the end of (the school) year.


  1. Chat with your child(ren) about the word, memory. Does it look like remember? What, then, is a memory?
  2. Read the story.
  • Is a memory a “thing” that reminds you of something?
  • Does the “thing” or memory make you feel a certain way or help you to remember something special?
  • Are memories good to have or should we forget?
  • Let’s find one thing in the classroom or house that will help us make a memory and place that item into a decorated memory box.


Activity: Post Reading activity: Make a Memory Box


  • Shoebox
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Ribbons
  • Beads
  • Other optional decorations of your choice

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  1. Throughout the year, have the child(ren) place objects into the memory box; help them to keep items small and representative of an event or person.
  2. At the end of year, have each child(ren) pick an item from the memory box and share with the class OR write about the event or person. Guide student(s) to use lots of adjectives to describe event or feelings; use a writing template if needed.

Related Books: The Old Woman Who Named Things by Cynthia Rylant and All the Places to Love by Patricia MacLachlan