# Teaching Emergent Readers: Collaborative Library Lesson Plans

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Ice-Cold Birthday

by Maryann Cocca-Lefler

 Setting: A seven-year-old girl's home Characters: seven-year-old girl, her mom, her dad, and her sister Plot: The family plans a birthday party, but a huge snowstorm keeps all the kids at home. Solution: Mom, Dad, and Sis help make the birthday fun even without lights or a baked birthday cake. Summary: A seven-year-old girl is looking forward to her birthday party because she thinks it will change her luck—it's been all bad lately. The day of the party starts out well. It is snowing lightly, and it's beautiful outside. The weather takes a turn for the worse, however, and it is snowing very, very hard by the end of the school day. The radio announces heavy snow and high winds. The lights go out, and then the phone calls start coming. No one can come to the party. The little girl is miserable, but her family manages to save the day with ice cream cake with candles, a flashlight for shadow puppets, and a brand new sled. They have a great time, and the little girl decides she has good luck after all. Curriculum Connections: Friendship unit, weather unit, making the best of a bad situation

ACTIVITIES FOR MEDIA SPECIALISTS

Schema

Ask the children to raise their hands if they have ever had a birthday party. Then ask if anyone has ever had a birthday party when something went wrong. (Have several tell their stories.)

Predicting

Tell the children that the title of the book is Ice-Cold Birthday, but do not show them the cover. Ask, [What do you think the title means?]

Visualizing

Have students do the following exercise: Close your eyes and picture in your head a birthday party in your honor. What is it like? How do you think the people feel? Where are you? Does anything unusual happen?

Library Skills

Show cards with call numbers on them. Check to see if the students know the difference between [E] books and [FIC] books and books with the Dewey Decimal numbers on them.

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Teaching Emergent Readers: Collaborative Library Lesson Plans

• 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
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