Today I Will Fly!

by Mo Willems

In this funny introduction to the characters Piggie and Gerald, Piggie is determined to fly, but Gerald the elephant knows that's impossible—isn't it?

Activity: Exploring Respect

As a prereading activity, discuss what it means to show someone respect. As a whole class, create a list of what showing respect looks like. Next, read aloud Today I Will Fly! After reading, have students decide if they believe Gerald was respectful of Piggie's dream of flying. Have them return to their list of respect and write down the behaviors that Gerald exhibited that showed he respected his friend's dreams.

Extension Activity: Using legal-size paper, have students divide the paper into cells and create an original story featuring two friends of their creation, paying special attention to making sure the characters demonstrate respect for themselves and each other.

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