© Linda Joy Singleton 2011
TEACHER GUIDES: Geography, Science, Maps, Art, Math
* DEAD GIRL Series has a Teaching Guide available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
FUN EXERCISES FOR ELEMENTARY KIDS FOR STRANGE ENCOUNTERS Series:
CREATE YOUR OWN ALIEN WORLD
1. Planet Name:_____________________________
2. Your Alien Name:_________________________
3. What Do You Look Like?
(How many hands do you have? How many feet? How many heads?)
4. What Foods Do You Eat? (In OH, NO! UFO, Veltura eats pine cones)
5. Name and Describe The Pets On Your Planet:
6. Draw Your Planet On The Other Side Of Paper. (Is it round? Are the oceans
filled with jelly and the mountains made of marshmallow? Be Creative!)
7. Make Up Your Alien Language:
Hello = ____________________
Goodbye = ____________________
Friend = ____________________
Yes = ____________________
Book = ____________________
Boy = ____________________
Girl = ____________________
Happy = ____________________
Reading = ____________________
Eat = ____________________
Say in your own language: I am happy reading books!
STRANGE ENCOUNTERS series By Linda Joy Singleton
1. Oh, No! UFO
3. SEA SWITCH
Activity: Work on Creativity and Self-Esteem
WHAT COLOR IS YOUR DOODLEZAP?
In OH, NO! UFO, Cassie learns about Doodlezapps.
A white marble shot out like a high-powered spitball, joining a pile of
multicolored marbles in the basket.
“Look!” With a gleeful cry, the alien girl swooped over and plucked the white
marble from the basket. “Your doodlezapp is clear white. That means you are
very curious and preceptive.”
“Doodlezapp? What’s that?” Cassie asks.
“A copy of your brain.”
* For an activity ask students what color their
doodlezapps would be and what this color means.
* Create a list of doodlezapp colors and meanings.
* Discuss personality traits and individual strengths.
Encourage acceptance of personal differences.
* Discuss meanings behind colors and how colors
* The alien girl says that on her planet they play
marbles with doodlezapps. Ask kids to make a list of
useful things to do with doodlezapps.
Geography, Science, Math
The Strange family travels to real places to solve
mysteries based on true happenings.
· Study the history of Mount Shasta, one of the highest mountains in the
world. Discuss legends of magical happenings around this mystical mountain.
What events in SHAMROCKED were based on actual legends?
· Cassie sees a giant crystal on display in a (factual) store in Mount Shasta.
This crystal is worth half a million dollars. Discuss crystals and other rocks.
· The Strange family travels from Sacramento to three different locations
(Northern CA, Mount Shasta and Newport Oregon). Chart their trip on a map and
calculate the miles traveled. (Math)
· While in Newport, Oregon, the Strange family visits Ripley’s Museum where
the Fiji Mermaid is on display. This “real” fake is half fish and half monkey.
Discuss “fake” and “real”. What strange things would students like to see in an
oddity museum? Write essay or discuss.
· Maps are important in SHAMROCKED. There are three maps in the story;
one Lucas draws, one created by Hank and one Cassie uses for a treasure hunt
game party. Have students create their own games and maps.
· In SEA SWITCH, Cassie is punished picking up after endangered
prehistoric sea creatures. Draw pictures and discuss these extinct sea