Use the Book to for Word Work Activities
Depending on your time restraints, this 76-page book filled with illustrations can be read to your class in two or three sessions. Be aware of a couple of words that you may want to substitute as you read aloud: page 1, queer (strange, odd); page 30,damnation (Oh dear, Aw heck); page 32, damnable (horrible).
Grubber- another name for a sweet-shop or candy store
lavatory pan- toilet
fishmonger- person or store that sells fish
patented (Pelly’s patented beak)- sole right to make or use
chauffer- person employed to drive a car
Duke-a title given to a ruler of an area usually in England
Use white or manila construction/drawing paper size 9" X 12". Fold paper in thirds and then in half to form 6 rectangles. Instruct students to write one each of the new words at the top of each rectangle and then draw a picture to illustrate each word meaning.
The animals in the book formed the “Ladderless Window-Cleaning Company" What does ladderless mean? When less is added to the end of a word it usually means “without". Less is a suffix, which is one or more letters or sounds added at the end of a word to modify the word's meaning. What other words can you think of that end with less? (useless, homeless, fearless, hopeless, hairless,)
Some other suffixes include:
able: means able (capable, agreeable, likable)
ful: means full of ( beautiful, hopeful, frightful, helpful)
ly: means like (clearly, slowly, quietly)
ness: means the state of (closeness, meanness, weirdness)