Unit 8

Skills Building: The Adventures of Beekle and the Unimaginary Friend (PK-2)

Unit 8 Skills Building

Written and Illustrated by Dan Santat

TEKS: Reading K.5(B); 1.6(D); 2.6(D); 3.6(D); 4.6(D); 5.6(D)

Pre- Reading Questions

  1. Think of a time when you felt frustrated. Turn to your neighbor and, in one sentence, describe how it felt.
  2. Have you ever done something that scared you? What gives you courage or makes you feel brave when you are scared?
  3. Think of a time when you took initiative. What did you do and how did it feel?

Post- Reading Questions

  1. How did Beekle take initiative in the story?
  2. Name some emotions you think Beekle was felt during his journey to find his friend. What clues in the
    book made you think he felt those emotions?
  3. Sometimes taking initiative takes bravery, where did Beekle show bravery? When have you shown bravery and taking initiative?

Creative Enrichment Activity: Crown of Courage (PK-2)

In the book, T he Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, Beekle goes on a long, and sometimes scary, adventure to find his friend. He imagines all the things that his friend might be doing and decides to be brave and go find them on his own! Beekle didn’t wait around for his friend to find him, he took initiative and did what he had to do to find his friend. Sometimes in life, we have to take the initiative and use our courage to do frightening, but good, things. We all have people, memories, or things that help us feel brave. What makes you feel brave? In this activity, you will make a crown, just like Beekle’s, and decorate it with all the things that give you courage and make you feel brave.

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Duration: 40-45 minutes (for staff: 5-minute pre-activity setup, 15-minute prep)

  • 5 minutes: Introduce the activity
  • 10 minutes: Finish cutting the crown.
  • 10 minutes: Decorate the crown.
  • 5 minutes: Tape the crown together.
  • 5 minutes: Clean up
  • 5 minutes: Reflect and share


  1. Staff should print templates on cardstock prior to the activity and cut the paper so that each students
    has two pieces of the crown but only need to cut out the “V’s”.
  2. Introduce the activity using the book
  3. Students finish cutting their two pieces of the crown.
  4. Students decorate their crown with designs and things in their life that help them feel brave.
  5. With help from staff, students tape the two pieces of the crown together to make their own Beekle crown.
  6. Clean up the materials.
  7. Reflect as a group.

Reflection Questions

  1. Share your crown with the person next to you.
  2. What gives you courage and makes you feel brave?
  3. How does it feel to do something new and sometimes scary? How do you help yourself be brave?