It's a rainy night and Granny goes to bed. Then quietly, with each page turned, Granny is joined by a child, a dog, a cat, a tiny mouse, and a flea. When the flea bites the mouse, an hysterical chain of events follows. Emergent readers will really love this rhyming tale.
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Math and Science Activities Incorporate math into this book experience by counting the critters in the story. Have students make up more problems by adding or taking away different animals. Or work in some science by categorizing the animals with the children.
Pajama Day Have a Pajama Day and retell the story in a play. Assign students to be the different characters in small groups or as a whole class.
Prediction List Ask the children to predict what they think the story will be about, based on the title. Write their predictions on the board. Afterwards, compare their predictions with the actual plot.
Sing Lullabies Sleepy people need lullabies, so when you've stopped singing cumulative songs, you can switch to lullabies. Use familiar ones and have the children rate them for their relaxation potential. Take one favorite lullaby and rewrite it for a monster, a mouse, and a crab.
Write a Story Write a chain-reaction, make-believe story using the following words: mother, pizza, brother, ocean, sister, bee, bike, kite. Then, have the students share their stories with the class.
Books by Audrey Wood
, 2001 Alphabet Mystery
, 2003 Balloonia
, 1989 Big Hungry Bear
, 1998 Birdsong
, 1997 Book for Honey Bear: Reading Keeps the Sighs Away
, 2001 Box of Horrors
, 2002 Bright and Early Thursday Evening: A Tangled Tale
, 1996 The Bunyans
, 1996 The Christmas Adventure of Space Elf Sam
, 1998 A Cowboy Christmas: The Miracle at Lone Pine Ridge
, 2001 Dragonfly Metamorphoses
, 2002 Elbert's Bad Word
, 1996 The Flying Dragon Room
, 2000 Heckedy Peg
, 1987 I Gatti Spaventati
, 1998 I'm as Quick as a Cricket
, 1998 Jubal's Wish
, 2000 King Bidgood's in the Bathtub
, 1985 The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear
, 1990 Little Penguin's Tale
, 1993 Magic Shoelaces
, 1989 Magnetic Venture: The Story of Oxford Instruments
, 2000 Merry Christmas: Big Hungry Bear!
, 2002 Moonflute
, 1986 The Napping House
, 1984 Oh My Baby Bear!
, 1995 Orlando's Little While Friends
, 1989 Piggies
, 1991 Presto Change-O
, 1989 The Princess and the Dragon
, 1989 The Rainbow Bridge
, 1995 The Red Racer
, 1996 Rude Giants
, 1993 Scaredy Cats
, 1989 Silly Sally
, 1994 Sweet Dream Pie
, 1998 There Were Ten in the Bed
, 2002 The Tickleoctopus
, 1994 Tooth Fairy
, 1990 Twenty-Four Robbers
, 1990 Weird Parents