A BIRTHDAY CAKE IS NO ORDINARY CAKE

A Birthday Cake Is No Ordinary Cake
Selected as a Disney Family Fun “Favorite”
Cake and candles abound
in this celebration of each circle around the Sun!
This is a birthday greeting
to read or send — for any age.
Tuck in your birthday photos
through the years.
Spike: Ugliest Dog in the Universe Miss Alaineus: A Vocabulary Disaster by Debra Frasier On the Day You Were Born A Birthday Cake Is No Ordinary Cake A Fabulous Fair Alphabet The Incredible Water Show by Debra Frasier Out of the Ocean by Debra Frasier
Pet Story
Workshop
Vocabulary
Parades
Birthday Celebrations,
Writing Workshop, and a Play
Alphabet Fair
Word Carnival
A Water
Play
Outdoor
Collecting

BOOK EVENT: Build Vocabulary, Creativity & Community

A Fabulous Fair Alphabet Book Event

The birthday cake can creatively introduce students and
readers to each other.

CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES

VOCABULARY REVIEW SHEET

Follows a baker as he collects seasonal ingredients for a birthday cake. Use the vocabulary sheet to highlight words the story introduces. The words are divided into three categories: Earth and Space Words, Seasonal Words, and Cooking Words. Act out all the verbs; draw pictures for the nouns. (1 page)

3D Paper Birthday D

3D PAPER BIRTHDAY CAKES

Build three-dimensional cake display posters for bulletin boards. Using cut-paper collage techniques like the author-illustrator, Debra Frasier; cut construction paper strips and decorate flat “cake layers”. Then watch delight grow when the 3-D effect makes the cake “pop out.” Colored paper, tape, glue, and scissors are needed. Cardboard backing is optional. (1 page)

Birthday Booklet

BIRTHDAY BOOKLET

Print, cut, fold, and staple each eight-page booklet and have each child color it and fill in details about her or his name, birth date, months of the year, number of days in a year, seasons, and cake vocabulary. Have the children draw the cakes of their dreams! (2 pages)

Coloring page

COLORING PAGE

Debra Frasier sends birthday cakes flying through space on her dedication page. This coloring page is many students’ favorite page! Each child can add candles to match her or his age to the center cake. (1 page)

HOW MANY DAYS TO YOUR BIRTHDAY?

Map makes the idea of the Earth’s journey around the Sun concrete and visual. Here’s how it works: Find your birthday. Find today. Follow the direction of the arrows and plot how many days before your NEXT cake is due! This project involves map skills (abstraction), counting by 5’s, the months, the seasons with a solstice or an equinox, as well as leap day. (1 page)

Birthday Paper Clock

PAPER PLATE CAKE CLOCK

With just a few inexpensive supplies you can build a clock with the Sun in the center and revolving "hands" to show where the Earth is now and another to mark your birthday. The distance between the hands indicates how how long it is until your birthday. (1 page)

Bookmarks

BOOKMARKS

Distribute bookmarks and have each child add his or her name and the number of years he or she has circled the Sun—with a matching number of candles. Save this activity for birthday celebrations, or use it as a counting review. (1 page)

Donate Cake Project

DONATE CAKE FOOD SHELF PROJECT

Share the joy of birthdays by and decorating generic cake boxes, then adding the makings for a cake: a sealed cake mix, icing, and candle. (1 page)

Make Baker Hats

MAKE BAKER HATS

Make baker hats! With three sheets of tissue paper, a band of construction paper, tape, and a large paper clip, create the tall floppy hat that makes everyone think of baking. (1 page)

DreamCakes Project

DREAMCAKES!

DreamCakes! Contest: Send out a call for collaged cakes based on the themes in the book. Use paper, boxes, or even flour and sugar. (1 page)

A Birthday Invitation

INVITATIONS

Invite a class or your friends to a one-a-year gathering. (Blank inside; 5.5 x 8.5"; two per sheet)

STORYTELLING PROPS

TO ACCOMPANY LIBRARYSPARKS ARTICLE

All these prop sheets are 8.5 x 11 inch print quality files unless otherwise indicated.

Cake Crown
8.5 x 14", 1.3 Mb
Flowers
720 Kb
Earth
430 Kb
December 21
860 Kb
Geese
670 Kb
         
Moons
450 Kb
Robin
740 Kb
Sun
720 Kb
Tree
735 Kb
Window
525 Kb

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

 

Send students on a Web search for pictures of the Earth and Sun as seen from space.

These government sites offer excellent pictures to download and print:

 

 

http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/target/Sun

http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/

To receive daily astronomy pictures visit:
http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html

ABOUT THE BOOK

“It has become our second and third grade class's birthday tradition for me to read this book to the birthday child…We make a birthday book for the child to take home that is based on the vivid illustrations.”

– “Birch Teacher,” Minnesota, Amazon Review

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“This is a great book to illustrate what a year is to a small child.”

Mommy of 2, “Melissa,” TX USA, Amazon Review

A Birthday Cake Is No Ordinary Cake illustration

You will need exactly
364 more sunrises,
all clouds included.


Now, gather
the following
ingredients
in the order
they arrive.

In Debra Frasier’s A Birthday Cake Is No Ordinary Cake we circle the Sun collecting the ingredients for our cake: summer shade, red leaves, snowy shivers, and robin's song. A glossary describes how trees count circles and a map places each birthday on its journey through space.

A Birthday Cake Is No Ordinary Cake illustration

At last, your cake is done!
Let's light a candle for
each time you've circled
the Sun.


We'll sing. You'll wish.
Then...
we'll cut the cake!