Kindergarten: Our final week of reading books by Candace Fleming! Story: Gator Gumbo. Goals: review author, illustrator, spine label; create a class pot of gumbo; build vocabulary using text & illustrations; identify the problem and solution.
Having grown up in the South and living in Louisiana for a few years, I love to read this story aloud. The deep South accent – which I don’t have on a regular day – makes a major appearance in this story.
Before reading: The title is Gator Gumbo. I see on the cover a picture of a gator. Can you infer what “gumbo” is from the illustration?
During reading: What is the problem of Monsieur Gator? How might he solve it?
At the end of the story: Monsieur Gator’s problem was that he was hungry for a taste of fresh meat. How did making a pot of gumbo help him solve the problem?
After reading, we talked about what each child would add to a pot of gumbo. I broke out paper and markers, gave each child about 20 seconds to write down his/her idea, and here’s the result!
I’ll be totally honest: each K student stretched out words to the best of his/her ability. I loved reading “shooger” (sugar) and “spinij” (spinach). And, of course, one student had to add GUM to the gumbo!
2nd grade: Candace Fleming! Story: Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! Goals: use the TAG strategy to Tell / Ask / Give; write at least one suggestion to help Mr. McGreely keep the bunnies out of his garden (independent work).
While we read, students commented on the number of ways that the bunnies could have entered Mr. McGreely’s garden (chew through the fence, climb the fence, catapult over the trench, etc). At the end of the story, students turned-and-talked about what they liked using the TAG method. I modeled Ask a Question to the class: How else could Mr. McGreely kept the bunnies out of his garden? The only requirement was to Be Appropriate (read: no dynamite or bombs), as all work was to be posted in the hallway before Candace’s visit on March 5th.
The student’s suggestions were, in a word, impressive! I love their commitment to critical thinking (there is not one “right” answer, after all!).
3rd grade: Candace Fleming and Tagxedo!
For more info on this lesson, see the Tagxedo in the Library post!