One of my favorites and also of my class is the Little Red Hen.
But have you heard of the Little Green Witch?
This story is absolutely adorable and it has a cute surprise ending!
I introduced the book this week during Halloween.
There are many extensive vocabulary words to discuss before reading the book.
Vocabulary: cauldron, twisted, hollow, reek, amid, scattered, soot, gruesome, gremlin, damp, potions, grumbled After we discussed the words the students raise their hand when they hear the word while I'm reading. It keeps them being focused.
Retelling: Students loved retelling this story. The funny twisted ending keeps them laughing!
Compare and Contrast: Of course this book leads to great Text to Text comparison. Before I read I tell the class that this book reminds me of another book I've read but I don't tell them which one. It isn't long into the book and someone catches on. Use a venn diagram to compare the two stories with each other.
Writing Ideas: 1) Would you help the Little Green Witch? Why or Why not? 2)Write a recipe book for pumpkin pie. 3) If I could unclean my house this is what I would do.
On youtube this book can be found being read by some fourth graders!
Great option if your school doesn't have the book.
Another way to compare and contrast texts is to use The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza.
Grammar: I use this book to work on plural nouns. This mini unit includes a noun sort using words from the book. Then there are three levels of worksheets for differentiation and also include a writing option. Click on the cover sheet to pick this up for your class. Please leave a comment if you download.
Cooking: In the past when reading the Little Red Hen I've made bread with the class but making little pizzas is a lot more fun!
Making Pizza in Class
jar of pizza sauce
package of pre sliced pepperoni
box of Triscuits
Place the Triscuits on the electric skillet, spoon some sauce on top, add a piece of pepperoni if desired and top with cheese. Just warm until the cheese melts. Quick and easy! Yum!
Writing: Cooking is a great way to lead into "How to..." writing. If this is your first How to... writing write it on chart paper as an example. Or you can have students write the steps in their own "How to..." booklet. Stop over at this previous post about How to writing! You can pick up a How to... booklet for free. Click Here.
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