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This lesson includes a thorough outline of an interactive read-aloud using Catrow's book, along with a creative writing activity.
- " I Wanna Iguana" book by David Catrow
- Marker, crayons, pencils
- Students will be able to describe the parts of a book and their purpose/meaning.
- Students will be able to write a letter using pictures and words.
- Students will be able to make predictions while reading the book.
- Students will be able to communicate ideas clearly and effectively.
- Lesson Process
- Books can be written in different ways—this one written in letter form
- Have you ever gotten a letter or postcard sent to you? Have you ever sent one to someone else?
- Why do people write letters?
- Do a picture walk—look at why the boy writes letters to his mother
b) Learning Procedures
*Look at picture clues first and then read words to determine if correct.
- Page 5—What type of pet does the boy want? How can you tell?
- Page 14—Can pets be friends? How do you know?
- Page 20—How would he take care of his new pet?
- Page 25—What is different about this page? (no letter)
- Page 27—What do you think he will find?
- Did you like the book? What made the book enjoyable?
- Did the boy’s letters work?
- Is there a pet that you would really like to have?
- How could you get that pet?
- Extension Activity—Write a letter to a family member using pictures and words describing the type of pet you want and why. *Focus in on the fact that words have meaning and can be used for many different purposes (like the boy in the book and John writing letters to persuade) for younger children.*
- Informal Assessment--Letter to Mother