The billboard on the main road plays a very important role in the story. It is how Mack attracts visitors to the Big Top Mall. For this activity, students will create their own billboard poster for the Big Top Mall. Teachers may choose to have students replicate the actual billboard from the book, recreate the billboard that Ivan made with his drawings, or create their own billboard using the correct characters. Ivan is not happy with the way he is represented, so students may choose to portray him in a different manner. In addition to the illustrations, students should include some text that sells the Big Top Mall and the animals that are there.
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Objective: Create a billboard for the Big Top Mall.
Grade Level 4-6
Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)
Type of Assignment IndividualCommon Core Standards