End of Program Celebration: Mission Accomplished!

Bulletin Board

Make Tracks -- Mission Accomplished!

Draw a rainbow and on or near it write "Mission Accomplished!" Cut out footprints using the pattern provided. Invite participants to write the title of their favorite book or book character on the footprints. Make a winding path of footprints from a corner of the bulletin board, over the rainbow, to a pot of books at the end of the rainbow.

Displays

Tape a long banner made of butcher paper to the floor. Let the kids trace their hands using markers of all colors and write their first names and "a secret message" inside their hand with invisible ink. (The recipe for invisible ink is in the "Kick-Off Celebration: Spy Games!" program.) When the banner is covered with handprints, iron it to reveal the names and secret messages. Display the banner in the library or give it to a local sponsor who contributed to the reading program.

Nametags

Key & lock.

Refreshments

Serve fortune cookies. Label the bowl "Secret Message Cookies". Serve lemonade with blue food color and label it "Mystery Drink".

Books to Display and Booktalk

  • Detective Bob and the Great Ape Escape by David Harrison.
  • Detective Dinosaur by James Skofield.
  • Detective Donut and the Wild Goose Chase by Bruce Whatley.
  • Detective Mole by Robert Quackenbush.
  • I Spy, Year Round Challenger: A Book of Picture Riddles by Jean Marzollo.
  • I Was a Third Grade Spy by Mary Jane Auch.
  • Spying on Dracula by Mary Labatt.
  • Spying on Miss Mûller by Eve Bunting.

Music

Play the theme music to the movie, Mission Impossible.

Fingerplay

Tippy Tippy Tiptoe

(Adapted from an English rhyme by Rose Treviño.)

Tippy, tippy tiptoe,


There they go,


Ten brave detectives


Walking in a row. (march your fingers on your lap)

They walk to the left. (fingers to the left)


They walk to the right. (fingers to the right)


Then forward. (forward)


Then backward. (backward)

Tippy, tippy tiptoe,


There they go,


Ten brave detectives


Walking in a row. (march your fingers on your lap)

Songs

Spying on a Baby Bumble Bee

(Adapted by Rose Treviño.)

I'm spying on a baby bumble bee.


Won't my mama be so proud of me.


I'm spying on a baby bumble bee.


But look - he's spying on me!

I'm spying on a baby crocodile


I'm just spying for a little while


I'm spying on a baby crocodile


Oh no - he just swam a mile.

I'm spying on a fuzzy little bear


Fuzzy wuzzy, he just doesn't care


I'm spying on a fuzzy little bear


He's looking back - yes, he really does care.


I'm spying on a baby bumble bee.


Won't my mama be so proud of me.


I'm spying on a baby bumble bee.


But look - he's spying on me!

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Ten on a Case

(Adapted by Rose Treviño.)

There were ten on a case


And the sergeant said, "Get moving, get moving."


So one started moving and went out the door.

There were nine on a case


And the sergeant said, "Get moving, get moving."


So one started moving and went out the door.

There were eight on a case


And the sergeant said, "Get moving, get moving."


So one started moving and went out the door.

  • There were seven…
  • There were six…
  • There were five…
  • There were four…
  • There were three…
  • There were two…

There was one on a case


Who shouted out loud, "I solved it! I solved it!"

Activities

Shadow Play: What Am I?

Select about a dozen items and project their images onto the wall using an opaque projector in a darkened room. Ask the children to guess what they are.

Shadow Fun

Also using an opaque projector in a darkened room, show children how to create animal shadows. Here are a few to get you started!

  • Butterfly: Link your thumbs together and wave your hands back and forth in front of the light.
  • Rabbit: Bring your thumb together with your pinkie and ring finger to form an eye. Your other two fingers will be bunny ears.
  • Crocodile: Put your fingers together and cup your palms, one over the other. Open and close from the tips of your fingers to make an open mouth movement.

Scene of the Crime

Give the children these instructions: "You are Detective Wright and you are on a mission. You have your crime detection kit with you. Inside your kit is everything you need to solve the crime. Check your kit carefully and make sure you have the right stuff before you get to the scene of the crime. Mark an 'X' next to every item you should have." Then, give the children copies of the "Mission Possible Word Search" and the "Mission Possible Maze".

Games

Inspector Says

This is a "Simon Says" game with one child playing the part of Inspector. Participants must follow the orders of the inspector only if the word "Inspector" says is used in the command. The last one remaining becomes the new Inspector.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Inspector says tie your shoe
  • Inspector says hop on one foot
  • Crawl on the floor (If a child does this, he/she is out.)

Picture Area

Contact a local motorcycle dealership or someone you know who owns a motorcycle. Invite them to bring their cycle to the library and take the children's pictures standing alongside it. Bring sunglasses and a biker jacket for the children to wear for their picture. Invite the child to hold a large sign with the words, Mission Accomplished!, as the picture is taken. Do not encourage them to get on the motorcycle and be sure that there is plenty of supervision. If you use a digital camera, display the pictures on the library web site, with parental permission.

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In What Order Did This Happen?

Here's a chance for kids to practice their sleuthing skills! Make up two identical sets of index cards with motions such as the ones below written on them.

  • Hopped in on one foot
  • Grabbed a sheet of paper
  • Touched someone's head
  • Sneezed three times
  • Twirled around in a circle
  • Dropped a ball on the floor
  • Ran out waving

Ask a volunteer or staff member or volunteer to learn the motions and practice performing them in sequence. When the children are seated, welcome them to the library. Divide the children into teams and introduce the program by saying that their sleuthing skills will be tested and that they should pay very careful attention to everything that happens. After the welcome and introduction, the volunteer will hop into the room and perform the sequence of actions and then leave the room. Distribute a mixed-up set of cards to each team and ask them to discuss what happened and put the cards in the order in which the volunteer or staff member performed them. Make several sets of cards and repeat the game, or let each team have fun making up a set of action cards and performing them for the other teams to put into sequence.

Craft

Spy Hat

Materials

Directions

Precut the spy hat and hat band patterns. Give one pattern to each child to color. Attach the hat to a strip of paper and tape or staple to fit each child's head.

Guest Presenter

Contact the band director at a local middle or high school and invite the band perform or rehearse at the library. Ask if they could play the theme song to the movie Mission Impossible or another spy movie or television program.

Audio Recording

Mission: Impossible - Music from the Original Motion Picture Score by Danny Elfman.

Videos

  • For the Love of Benji. (85 minutes)
  • Recess: School's Out. (84 minutes)

 



Texas Reading Club 2003 Programming Manual / Mission Possible Spy Book!


Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Page last modified: June 14, 2011