Off the Shelf: Chipper Makes Merry
Grades: K - 5

Video Description: Author Kimber Morgan reads her book “Chipper Makes Merry,” a captivating story about a young arctic fox making his way through the forest offering cheer to his friends. In addition to reading the story, Kimber shares information on how and why she wrote the book and provides questions for student discussion.

From the Book Cover:
Chipper the Fox sneaks through the forest to spread cheer to his weary friends. Will his merry making be a success? Or will a smelly fish disaster and a log pile tumble ruin his plans? This winter based, arctic adventure of Chipper’s love and determination will remind kids of all ages that ♥KINDNESS ALWAYS WINS!

Learn more about the book and the author at her website.

Quick Ideas for Using the Video in the Classroom:

  • After viewing the video, engage students in the discussion questions Kimber provides at the end: Can you be a merry-maker like Chipper? How can you spread merry in your life? Can you find little ways to make people smile?
  • As part of your character education/SEL study, have students offer their reactions to the book and discuss its themes in class discussion, think/pair/share duos, and/or in journal entries.
  • As part of your language arts study, discuss the characters and plot of the book and have students create a drawing of their favorite moment from the story.

Type of Video: Topical*
Unique Video ID: OTS-18**

*Topical videos are filmed on location in the classroom/workspace/laboratory, in studio, or a combination of both to explain and/or demonstrate specific concepts, events, topics, or processes.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.