Teaching Emergent Readers: Collaborative Library Lesson Plans

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Three by the Sea

by Edward Marshall
Reading Level 1.8

Setting:The beach
Characters:Lolly, Spider, and Sam
Plot:After their picnic, the kids can't go for a swim right away, so they decide to tell stories. They are critical of each other's stories until Spider tells his.
Solution:Spider is last to tell his story and improves on the other two tales. He manages to satisfy everyone and have a good laugh, too.
Summary:Three friends are spending the day at the seashore. They have a picnic and feel too full to go swimming, so they decide to listen to Lolly's story from her reader about a rat and a cat. Spider and Sam decide that the story is dull, so Sam says he can do better. After he tells his story, Spider says he doesn't like the ending. So now it's Spider's turn, and he is going to make his story scary. His story takes a very interesting turn, and it does scare Lolly and Sam—even though they won't admit it. Spider really gets a good laugh out of the ending to his story.
Curriculum Connections:Ocean unit, storytelling unit, story writing

ACTIVITIES FOR MEDIA SPECIALISTS

Schema

Ask students if they have ever been to the ocean. Let them tell about their experiences to find out what they know about the sea.


Predicting

Tell the children that this is a [story within a story.] Have them explain what they think that means.


Visualizing

Ask students to do the following exercise: Picture yourself with friends or family at the beach. What are you doing?


Library Skills

Show the students a variety of books from the shelves. Read the titles and have them decide if the book is fiction or nonfiction.

Make large cards with either fiction or nonfiction call numbers on them. Have the students line up as if they were books on a shelf.

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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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