Make Way for Ducklingsby Robert McCloskey
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It's not easy for duck parents
to find a safe place
to raise their ducklings, but during a rest stop in Boston's Public Garden,
and Mrs. Mallard think they just might have found the perfect spot. When
Mallard and her eight ducklings are stuck at a busy street in downtown
their policeman friend Michael rushes in to stop traffic and make way for
This classic won the Caldecott Award in 1942. Egg-Carton
Ducklings Draw a Map
Have your students draw pictures of objects and characters from the story, then they can place them on a map of Boston. You may want to make a large-scale, simplified map of just the streets that are mentioned in the story.
Draw a Map
The Ducklings' Names
The ducklings are named in alphabetical order -- Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack, and Quack. Have the students write each duckling's name on a file card, then scramble the order of the file cards, and practice putting them back in alphabetical order.
This story takes place in a city and your students will be able to find urban characteristics throughout the book. Make a chart which highlights the characteristics of and differences between a city, a suburban area, and a rural area. Students can compare and contrast the buildings, open spaces, transportation, population sizes, etc.
Make Way For Ducklings - Try our quiz with your students!
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