Teaching Emergent Readers: Collaborative Library Lesson Plans

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Aunt Eater's Mystery Vacation

by Doug Cushman
Reading Level 2.7

Setting:A ferry boat and the Hotel Bathwater
Characters:Aunt Eater, Mr. Bundy (the hotel detective), Pat the Mynah Bird, Professor Slagbottom, Edna Herring (the mystery writer)
Plot:Aunt Eater tries to create a mystery out of everything that happens.
Solution:Aunt Eater uses many clues to solve the mysteries.
Summary:In this four-chapter book, Aunt Eater takes a ferry, which hits rough waters and tosses the captain overboard. After rescuing the captain, she is on her way to the Hotel Bathwater for rest and relaxation. But a thief is lurking about, and she has mysteries to solve.
Curriculum Connections:Mystery stories, writing unit

ACTIVITIES FOR MEDIA SPECIALISTS

Schema

Ask students: Has anyone here ever lost something? Of course—we all have. How many of you have lost something and then found it again? (Pick a few children to tell their tale.) These are examples of a mysteries.

How many have ever been on a ferry boat? (If none of your students have, then explain or show a picture of a ferry boat.)


Predicting

Ask students to think about the title of the book. What kinds of events might happen on a mystery vacation?


Visualizing

Ask students to do the following exercise: Close your eyes. Pretend that you are on a boat. The water is very smooth, and the trip is pleasant. Then all of a sudden, the wind starts to blow, the waves get bigger and bigger, and the boat starts to rock. Show me what you would be doing.


Library Skills

Ask students how they would find more mysteries in a library. Explain that some libraries put stickers on the books to show a mystery. They can also put the keyword [mystery] in the computer to find more mysteries or they can ask a librarian.

The Aunt Eater books are a series. Question the children to see if they know what [series] means. Show them the other books in this series: Aunt Eater Loves a Mystery, Aunt Eater's Mystery Halloween, and Aunt Eater's Mystery Christmas

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction ix
  • And I Mean It, Stanley 1
  • Aunt Eater Loves a Mystery 5
  • Aunt Eater's Mystery Vacation 9
  • Biscuit Goes to School 13
  • The Boston Coffee Party 17
  • Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express 21
  • Cave Boy 25
  • Chang's Paper Pony 29
  • Crocodile and Hen: A Bakongo Folktale 33
  • Danny and the Dinosaur 37
  • Five Silly Fisherman 41
  • The Golly Sisters Go West 45
  • The Great Snake Escape 49
  • The Horse in Harry's Room 53
  • Ice-Cold Birthday 57
  • Little Bear 61
  • Little Bear's Visit 65
  • Mouse Tales 69
  • The Mystery of the Pirate Ghost 73
  • No Fighting, No Biting! 77
  • No Mail for Mitchell 81
  • No More Monsters for Me! 85
  • Oliver 89
  • Oscar Otter 93
  • Owl at Home 97
  • Porcupine's Pajama Party 101
  • Pretty Good Magic 105
  • R Is for Radish 109
  • Sammy the Seal 113
  • Scruffy 117
  • Sleepy Dog 121
  • Small Pig 125
  • The Smallest Cow in the World 129
  • Stanley 133
  • Three by the Sea 137
  • Appendix 141
  • Index 143
  • About the Author 149
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