Teaching Emergent Readers: Collaborative Library Lesson Plans

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The Great Snake Escape

by Molly Coxe
Reading Level 2.3

Setting:A park and zoo near a city
Characters:Mirabel the goose, Maxie the frog, and a king cobra snake
Plot:The king cobra snake has escaped from the park zoo, and Mirabel the goose and Maxie the frog want to find out what he eats because they do not want to be dinner for the snake.
Solution:After several adventurous ideas, the animal they fear the most helps them with their problem.
Summary:Mirabel the goose is on her way to visit her friend Maxie when she spies a newspaper article telling of an escaped snake from the zoo. Mirabel is afraid of snakes and hurries on to tell Maxie the frog about the zoo break. They both want to find out what king cobras eat because they do not want to become its dinner. They need to find the entire newspaper article so they check out the park. A gentleman is reading the paper, but he throws it away before they can read the whole article. Maxie and Mirabel know their lives are in danger if they cannot figure out what the snake eats, so they try to get the paper out of the trash. This is a difficult task for a goose and frog, however. Finally, Maxie decides he must jump into the trash container to read the newspaper article, but then he cannot get out. After several tries, Mirabel decides she must go home and get some string to pull Maxie from the trash. When she reaches home, she meets the king cobra snake that escaped from the zoo. He is very willing to help Mirabel and Maxie but does ask a small favor in return.
Curriculum Connections:Animal unit; character education—friendship unit: discuss how Mirable stuck
by Maxie even though she was afraid of the snake.



Ask the children what they know about zoos. Do they think the animals could escape easily? Have they ever heard of an animal escaping from a zoo? What would happen if an animal did escape?


Show children the cover of the book and tell them to look especially at the face of the goose. Ask: What do you think she is looking for? Why?


Have the children visualize the following exercise: Picture yourself trapped in a cage or big trash bin. How would you feel? What would you do?

Library Skills

Present the term newspaper. Discuss why libraries keep newspapers and the purpose of a daily paper. Show the students the children's page from the newspaper.


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