Teaching Emergent Readers: Collaborative Library Lesson Plans

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R Is for Radish

by Molly Coxe
Reading Level 2.6

Setting:In the home and at the school in Radish's neighborhood
Characters:Radish the Rabbit, Mrs. Mink the teacher, Pinky the Pig, and Kat the Cat
Plot:Radish hates spelling, recess, show-offs, and flashlight tag
Solution:Radish discovers various ways to solve her problems: spelling becomes fun, recess is a challenge, and showing off actually is not a bad thing when someone is a ham. Even flashlight tag becomes easy when Radish uses her common sense.
Summary:In Chapter One, Radish the Rabbit does not like spelling, but when her sister listens to rap music, Radish picks up the beat and finds a fun way to remember her spelling words. In Chapter Two, Radish does not like recess, but her teacher helps her find an activity that fits her skills perfectly. In Chapter Three, Radish is afraid that show-off Pinky the Pig will ruin her play, but as it turns out, Pinky actually enhances the performance. In Chapter Four, Radish and her friends are playing flashlight tag, and Radish finds her friends when she realizes they will be drawn to the smell of the raspberry pie.
Curriculum Connections:Character education—overcoming problems, being creative

ACTIVITIES FOR MEDIA SPECIALISTS

Schema

Students know about spelling tests. Ask whether they like them and how they study for them.

Play a rap CD for students so that they will understand the beat and how it might help when
learning to spell words. Ask what they do at recess. Why do they choose a particular activity?

Ask: Has anyone ever written or been in a play? Is it easy? What does it mean to be a [ham]?

Ask: Has anyone ever played flashlight tag? Explain how to do it.


Predicting

Show the students the cover of the book and ask what kind of character they think Radish is. Show the table of contents and point out how all the chapters begin with the letter R.


Visualizing

Ask students to do the following exercise: Make a picture in your head of the playground. Do you see many kids just standing around? Which is more fun, playing or standing around with nothing to do?


Fluency

Explain the scene in which Radish's sister is listening to rap music. Read the rap that Radish has made up. Have the students repeat it after you until they get a good rhythm going.


Library Skills

Ask students: If you wanted to find a book of plays or try to write a play yourself, what are some keywords you might use to search on the computer? Theater, drama, plays, scripts, and so on.

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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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