The Pablo Pelican activity set focuses on a real pelican with a charming personality who lives in the Galapagos Islands. The anchor book is Pablo’s Bad Day, and there is a second supporting book, Pelican Facts.
The vocabulary level is first grade, and perhaps a bit higher in the supporting book. The two books are appropriate for students up to fifth grade, while older students and even adults can enjoy and learn from the stories.
Anchor Book Pablo ‘s Bad Day
Pablo Pelican has a bad day of fishing. He decides to give it up and get his fish at a fish market on a nearby island. But he discovers that shopping for fish is not as easy as it might seem!
His REAL bad day comes when he has to fight off the other shoppers. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Swooping frigate birds, competing pelicans, and sneaky gulls all try to grab his free fish sample.
After this experience, Pablo wisely decides to go back to fishing the way he always has in the past. He realizes that he should not be discouraged by one bad day.
The photos in Pablo’s Bad Day are from my Galapagos trip. I was fortunate to get a movie of the hilarious scene in which Pablo tries to defend his fish. Sounds of the rain and market also help bring this true story to life.
Supporting Book Pelican Facts
Students who form a bond with Pablo as he struggles to get fish will be ready to learn more. The supporting book Pelican Facts uses Pablo as a launching point to talk about all brown pelicans.
The book begins by describing the physical characteristics of brown pelicans that make them such spectacular fishermen. It goes on to talk about where pelicans live, and how they were almost wiped out by DDT at one time.
Pelican Facts ends on a positive note in telling how the brown pelican population has completely recovered once the use of DDT was limited.
I’ve used many wonderful photos from other photographers via Flickr® to tell this story, and I’m grateful for their generosity in licensing these images so they can be included.
Downloads In Many Formats
The two books Pablo’s Bad Day and Pelican Facts can be downloaded in IntelliTools Classroom Suite®, Clicker ® HyperStudio 5®, PowerPoint®, My Own Bookshelf®, and printable PDF formats. You also can read both books online by clicking a link at the foot of this page.
There are comprehension tests for both books. The tests are part of the zip file download for IntelliTools Classroom Suite, Clicker 5, and HyperStudio 5.
For My Own Bookshelf, the tests are in Test Me Score Me® format, and you will need that separate application to run them.
There are also MicroSoft Word® format comprehension tests to use with the PowerPoint, PDF, and online versions.
The Clicker version of the Pablo Pelican activity set downloads as an integrated study unit. For details on integrated study units, click here.
The Classroom Suite version has custom IntelliKeys® overlays attached, and there are Dynavox® package versions of the overlays to run the activities from Dynavox AAC devices. See the Special Needs Access section on the System Reqs page for information on controlling the Classroom Suite version activities from PRC devices.
Refer to the HyperStudio is Back! page for information about downloading players to run the activities in HYperStudio 5 format.
The online version of Pablo’s Bad Day requires that you have QuickTime® installed, although readers can follow the story without viewing the two movies.
If you find that the online books load slowly, try downloading the desktop version of the online books and run them locally using your browser.
You still need an internet connection to see the movies in the desktop version, because some short scripts must be fetched from the Apple® web site. See the Annie’s Books Online page for details and more help with online books.
Puzzles And Printable Pelican
I’ve made three puzzles using photos from Pablo’s Bad Day. These can be downloaded in PDF format, and errorless 6-piece versions of the puzzles are part of the Classroom Suite download. There is also a printable pelican to download and fold!
To make your own little pelican, use two jpg images from the download to print out a two-sided, full color pelican kit complete with fish! Cut out the fish, fold the pelican, and then print an ocean for the fish to hide in when Pablo flies over looking for his dinner.
Bonus: Pelican Photo Collection
The thirty or so images of the Collection include all the photos from Pablo’s Bad Day plus the ones from Pelican Facts that were mine. See the Credits page in the back of Pelican Facts for the source of the remaining images if you need to download them from Flickr.
You can preview these images in the Annie’s Resource Attic Gallery. Click here to go to the Gallery, which will open in a separate tab. Then return to this page to download the Pelican Photo Collection.
Application needed: Acrobat Reader, any browser, Classroom Suite, Clicker 5, HyperStudio 5, MicroSoft Word, My Own Bookshelf, PowerPoint, Test Me Score Me.
Subject area: Science, Reading.
Level: Grades 1-5.
Annie’s Books Online
Pablo’s Bad Day and Pelican Facts books link: pelican Pablo’s Bad Day and Pelican Facts books to read online. Movies in Pablo’s Bad Day require QuickTime, but story can be read without viewing movies. For details on using Annie’s Books Online, click here.
Desktop version of Pablo Pelican online link: pelicanDesktop.zip Pablo’s Bad Day and Pelican Facts books to read from the desktop using a web browser. Movies in Pablo’s Bad Day require QuickTime, but the story may be read without viewing movies. For details on using Annie’s Desktop Books, click here.
Pablo’sBadDay.pdf (6.2 MB) Pablo’s Bad Day book to print. No movies. Acrobat Reader.
PelicanFacts.pdf (4.5 MB) Pelican Facts book to print. No movies. Acrobat Reader.
PabloTestsWord.zip (2.2 MB) Comprehension tests for Pablo’s Bad Day and Pelican Facts to print. MicroSoft Word.
PrintablePelican.zip (3.6 MB) Printable off-computer activity. Kit makes a posable pelican, cut-out fish, and an ocean. Any color printer, preferably capable of 2-sided printing.
PrintablePelicanPuzzles.zip (13.3 MB) Three puzzles from Pablo’s Bad Day to print. Acrobat Reader.
PabloPelicanClickerMac.zip (40.6 MB) Pablo Pelican integrated study unit including two books and two tests in Clicker 5 MAC. Has QuickTime movies.
PabloPelicanClickWin.zip (34.9 MB) Pablo Pelican integrated study unit including two books and two tests in Clicker 5 WIN. Has AVI (Indeo compression) movies.
PabloPelicanSuite.zip (89.6 MB) Pablo Pelican activity set including two books, two tests, and three 6-piece puzzles to run in Classroom Suite v.3 or later. Custom IntelliKeys overlays attached.
PabloDynavox.zip 745 KB) Pablo Pelican activity set overlays saved as Dynavox package files.
PabloPelicanHS.zip (93.4 MB) Pablo Pelican books and tests in HyperStudio 5 format.
PabloPelicanMBS.zip (49.5 MB) folders with Pablo’s Bad Day book and movies and Pelican Facts book to import into My Own Bookshelf.
PabloPelicanTMSM.zip (28.6 MB) Comprehension tests on Pablo Pelican books with 4 text answers. Requires Test Me Score Me.
PabloPelicanPPT.zip (21.6 MB) Pablo Pelican books saved as a .ppt files. Movies for Pablo’s Bad Day in the same folder. PowerPoint 2003 or later.