Teaching Emergent Readers: Collaborative Library Lesson Plans

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Porcupine's Pajama Party

by Terry Webb Harshman
Reading Level 2.5

Setting:Porcupine's house
Characters:Porcupine, Owl, and Otter
Plot:Porcupine is eating lunch when he realizes he is lonely. He invites his friends to a pajama party, and they all reveal their secret fears.
Solution:After watching a scary movie, Porcupine, Owl and Otter all discover what they think are monsters in the dark. When they team up and discover that their imaginations are creating the monsters, they relax and have a restful night.
Summary:In the first chapter, [The Invitations,] Porcupine decides to invite his friends, Owl and Otter, over for a pajama party. He writes out the invitations and delivers them, but neither friend is home. He waits and waits and becomes worried. Then finally, the phone rings. Owl wants to come, but he also wants to watch Monster Bat on television. Porcupine tells him to come watch it at his house. Otter wants to bake cookies so he takes the recipe to Porcupine's house. They make the cookies but eat too much dough. After watching the movie, they try to go to sleep, but they are all afraid of their own monsters. Eventually, they help each other discover what the real [monsters] are.
Curriculum Connections:Animal unit, friendship unit, being brave theme

ACTIVITIES FOR MEDIA SPECIALISTS

Schema

Ask students what they know about real porcupines, owls, and otters. How many have ever had a pajama party or sleepover? Ask: What do you do? Do you tell scary stories or watch scary movies? What has happened?


Predicting

Ask students to talk about the following: What might happen at a pajama party with an owl, a porcupine, and an otter? Look at the picture on the cover of the book. Why do you think owl is covering his eyes? What do the looks on the faces of the three friends tell you about the story?


Visualizing

As students to do the following exercise: Picture yourself in different house after you have watched a scary movie. How do you think you might feel?


Library Skills

Show the students pictures of real owls, otters, and porcupines and the fictional characters in the book. Have them explain why the picture could be either fiction or nonfiction. Ask them to list other ways one can tell whether a book is fiction or nonfiction.

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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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