Grades 1–2 Daily Reading Activities: Creativity Counts

Welcome to Creativity Counts. We'll provide five days of reading lessons designed to engage your child in an exploration of arts and creativity.

Day 1 Activity

Let’s Watch: Art for All

Watch the video Art for All to learn more about different kinds of art.

Let’s Read: Paco’s Snowman

Paco gets frustrated when he can’t seem to cut out perfect snowman shapes like his classmates do. How will Paco’s art project turn out?

Download Paco's Snowman

 

Check Understanding

How much do you know about Paco's Snowman? Answer these questions. Use the text to help you.

Family Support

Use this learning guide to walk your child through the lesson. Explore additional Review & Extend activities together.


Day 2 Activity

Let’s Reread: Paco’s Snowman

Paco gets frustrated when he can’t seem to cut out perfect snowman shapes like his classmates do. How will Paco’s art project turn out?

Download Paco's Snowman

 

Take It Further

Extend the fun with an activity.

Write About It 

  • Does Paco’s snowman look like a snowman you would see in real life? Why?
  • Write two sentences to tell what you think.

Family Support

Use this learning guide to walk your child through the lesson. Explore additional Review & Extend activities together.


Day 3 Activity

Let’s Read: Special Days, Special Dances

Tracy, Ms. Ortiz, and Greg tell what they do on special days. What do you do on special days?

Download Special Days, Special Dances

 

Quiz

How much do you know about Special Days, Special Dances? Take the quiz.

Then, check your answers to the quiz. How did you do?

Family Support

Use this learning guide to walk your child through the lesson. Explore additional Review & Extend activities together.


Day 4 Activity

Let’s Reread: Special Days, Special Dances

Tracy, Ms. Ortiz, and Greg tell what they do on special days. What do you do on special days?

Download Special Days, Special Dances

 

Take It Further

Choose an activity to extend the fun.

Project: Make a Lion Dance Costume 

  • Study the lion dance costumes on pages 4–5.
  • Open a large paper bag. Cut two holes where your eyes will be.
  • Use markers, construction paper, glue, and crepe paper to decorate the Chinese lion.
  • Give the lion a face, complete with teeth, a red tongue, and colored eyes.

Research Connection: Read about Dances 

  • Research a special dance by searching online or reading nonfiction books. You can use this book to help you.
  • Take notes about what you learn.
  • Share with a group.

Family Support

Use this learning guide to walk your child through the lesson. Explore additional Review & Extend activities together.


Day 5 Activity

Let's Review

This week you've learned about arts and creativity. Today read more about being creative through theater arts.

Let’s Read: Bags, Blocks, and Rugs

Miss Tan’s class is getting ready to put on a play. They need to make costumes and sets. How will they do it?

Download Bags, Blocks, and Rugs

 

Take It Further

Extend the fun with an activity.

Hands-On Activity: Make a Mural 

  • Make a mural to show the setting for the class play in the story.

Family Support

Create an art gallery. Make a few pieces of artwork, such as a painting or sculpture. Invite others to contribute a piece as well. Display the artwork around the room. Make labels for each piece to tell who made the artwork and what it was made with.

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