Provide time for reflective responses or comprehension activities after reading the story, such as:
1) Write an extension to the story - students describe what the family will do next.
2) Retell - in a whole group activity, retell the story as an interactive writing piece with younger students.
3) Find a connection with the story or characters and write about it- Ask, "How do you think ___ felt when ____?" Or, "I felt ____ when you read ____." Older students would write, "I felt ___ when I read _____."
4) Map the story elements.
5) Answer a reflective question, such as, "What would you have done when...?"
6) Create a chair story - use a coloring page to have students create their own stories and design a special chair.
7) Contact your local fire department about a family who may have lost belongings in a fire and start a classroom savings jar. Take it one step further and make it a school-wide fundraiser. As a daily assignment, have students count the change collected each day and teach them how to keep saving records. When the jar is full, the teacher takes the money to the bank in exchange for "ten dollar bills," just like in the story.
Do each activity separately during different readings of the story with younger students so as not to overwhelm them.