Arthur Read by Marc Brown
A Friendly Aardvark!
Kids of all ages (and many adults, too) love Arthur! This adventurous 3rd grader along with his family and friends have touched many areas of a child's life through a vast arrangement of topics and story lines. Starting out as a story about an aardvark and his nose told by a father to a son, Arthur has developed into numerous books in multiple languages, a PBS television show in its 14th season, a helper to teachers in many curricula areas, and a friend to tons of children! Arthur is simply a good kid - a typical elementary kid who learns about life with his friends in his daily activities.
Arthur has been a huge part of our household since the first PBS season when my oldest was just a baby through today when my youngest child still gleefully bounces to turn on the television when it is time for Arthur to be on!
This page is to celebrate what we enjoy about Arthur! As a homeschool mom, I can't help but add educational materials to one of our favorite book series, so you will find Arthur fun pages, educational suggestions for learning, info about the awesome author, Marc Brown, videos, books, toys, and a quiz about this cute a-a-r-d-v-a-r-k! (I can hear Arthur spelling the word like he did when he was in a spelling bee!)
Have you watched Arthur on TV?
Arthur's Nose ~ The Original Story - (This version is bilingual - English & Spanish!)
Several Arthur books may be found in Spanish, French, and Chinese on Amazon!
The Arthur Adventure Series - For Readers K - 3rd Grades
Having Fun with the Arthur's Friends!
*Take the "Go Green Challenge" in the categories of water, getting around, clothes, energy, getting around, everyday choices, and food (with Buster, of course).
*Join a Club like Library Lovers, the Rain Savers, Plant Planters, Cool at School, or Dress Smart.
*Play educational games with many of Arthur's friends and family.
*Print out numerous activities such as Tower of Cows, Groove It!, Cootie Catcher, Elwingo!, Party Hats, Play-Maker, Masks, Go Fetch!, High Five, Cosmic Combos, Bookmarks, You've Got Braille, Coloring Pages, Crazy Bus, Sign Design, Let's Draw Arthur, and Trading Cards.
~ Arthur Activities at Random House include:
*Games - The A to Z Highway, Help Arthur Get Ready for School, and D.W.'s Glasses Game
*Printable Activities - maze, coloring sheet, matching game, and a doorknob hanger.
*Practice Fire Safety with Arthur and Sparky the Fire Dog.
Arthur Chapter Books - Approximately 3rd - 4th Grade Reading Level
Have you or your children read any Arthur books?
Arthur's Friends Plush
Arthur Educational Materials - For School & Home
~ Find several cool activities or check out the "Parents & Teachers Section" at PBSKids such as:
*Numerous Lesson Plans including "Story Writing with Arthur" and "Arthur's World Neighborhood" and many other wonderful lessons.
*Activities such as Art, Creative Thinking & Problem Solving, Diversity Appreciation & Understanding, Dramatic Play & Creative Movement, Language & Literacy, Life Skills, Math, Music, Science & Health, and Social & Emotional Development.
*Arthur Resources including When Someone You Know Has Cancer, Kids with Asthma, Arthur at the Library, Parent Guides in English and Spanish, Tips on Reading with Children, Favorite Books, and Party Ideas.
*Events, TV Schedules, Books, & More!
*Act out an Arthur story or two with printable masks and props!
~ Look for the "Arthur Character Trading Cards" (also on PBS). - Use these to study character traits of Elwood citizens. Make a *creative writing activity by putting one of each character card into a box. Have students pick out three character cards in which to start a story. Or, do a *character creation by asking students to create a character or two of their own. Have them draw a picture of their character and list the character's distinct features similar to the trading cards. Use their new characters along with their favorites to write a story. Perhaps students would enjoy creating a character card about themselves.
~ Find 2 Arthur Plays for students at Teachers Net.
~ Find a handful of Marc Brown & Arthur Lesson Plans at Web English Teacher.
~ Marc Brown author study: Arthur's Nose: Lesson plans for early elementary.
~ Arthur's New Puppy Directed Reading Lesson from Teacher's Net.
~ Arthur Goes to Camp Lesson Plan at Scholastic.
~ Arthur Meets the President from Learning with Technology & Literature.
~ Arthur's Teacher Trouble Literature Activities from Bright Hub.
Who is your favorite Arthur show character?
Arthur Games - Memory, Bingo, Dominoes, & Board Games
Do you like Arthur and his pals?
Arthur Party - Having an Arthur themed birthday party?
Find several cool activities at PBS.
~ Arthur character trading cards are fun for playing several card games like 'Go Fish', "get to know you" type games, or trading favorites.
~ Elwingo bingo game cards make a fun game!
~ What is a party without some character party hats?
~ Read the story of Arthur's birthday (or, have your young guests act out the story as you read it). You may find masks at the PBS site listed above! The Play Maker even has several cool ideas for creating a play, costumes, props, and more!
~ Color or paint some Arthur pictures or make posters out of them!
~ Have an Arthur drawing contest!