Who traded the ripe red radish relish for some rubbery roasted roots? Is there a way of tracking the details of your story? Teach your students to use a summary graphic organizer.
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Flatfoot Fox and the Case of the Bashful Beaver is a book filled with detailed alliterations. To help your young readers keep the details of the book straight, there is a great opportunity to learn how to make a summary graphic organizer.
Four characters all have a related problem, which becomes another case to solve for Flatfoot Fox and Secretary Bird. Each of the characters has prized possessions, which turn up missing. In every incident, the items have been replaced with something else. Explain to students that tracking the details of your story is an important skill to develop when trying to solve a mystery or when preparing for a test or book project.
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Let's Get Organized!
You may choose to read the book to your class, have students take turns reading aloud, use book sets in a reading group or in a whole class setting. Whatever the setting, prepare a detail or summary graphic organizer on a flip chart, chalk board, white board or on individual copies for each student.
Draw five horizontal lines and two vertical lines as shown in the picture.
As the book is read, add the characters to the left side: Bashful Beaver, Scatterbrain Squirrel, Mean-Tempered Turtle, Rinse-Away Raccoon. Then add the items that each had “before" in the middle column and the replacement items that were left for them in the “after" column.
The chart should be filled in before beginning chapter five: “This for That". Review the items and ask students their opinions of which character got the best deal in the exchange. Then begin chapter five. Rat-a-Tat agrees to return the “traded" items. Not all the characters want to trade back the items. As he moves to each character in the book, circle the characters that want to trade back on the graphic organizer. Which character is not circled? Mean-Tempered Turtle decided to keep the new items.
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Use the Graphic Organizer
A day or two after the information has been compiled, ask your students to use the graphic organizer to answer comprehension questions in writing.
1. Who wants to keep the thirty teeny-tiny thimbles?________________ (Mean-Tempered Turtle)
2. What was stolen from Rinse-Away Raccoon? ___________________(rather remarkable raspberry, raisin, rice and ripe red radish relish)
3. Who ended up with a battered box of broken bottles? ________________(Bashful Beaver)
4. The buttons were owned by__________________. (Bashful Beaver)
5. Whose scrumptious seeds are missing? __________________ (Scatterbrain Squirrel)
6. What was left behind when the scrumptious seeds were taken?_____________ (soiled satin sack of slippery slivers of soap)
7. Who had twenty-two tousled theses and those?__________________ (Mean-Tempered Turtle)
8. Who returned the rubbery roasted roots?_________________(Rinse-Away Raccoon)
9. Did Bashful Beaver have beautiful bright blue buttons before or after the trade?__________ (before)
10. Which two animals had something to eat before the trade?______________(Squirrel and Raccoon)
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Graphic Display Perfect for Young Readers
When you want your students to simplify details of a book they are reading, teach them how to make a summary graphic organizer. Tracking the details of your story in a simple way is a great study skill to develop in young readers. The graph or chart they create will be a visual aid to use for story comprehension questions and writing activities. In the book, Flatfoot Fox and the Case of the Bashful Beaver, the details are daunting for young readers. Putting the details in a simple form is a perfect way to allow the students to relax and enjoy the book. It is a valuable tool that can be used across the curriculum throughout the student's learning years.
Find some beginning chapter books to maintain the excitement of your young readers. Include activities to use within each book, for example: comprehension, punctuation and literary techniques. Most of all read to have fun. Energize your students as they continue on to be successful readers.