Teaching Emergent Readers: Collaborative Library Lesson Plans

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No Fighting, No Biting!

by Else Holmelund Minarik
Reading Level 2.6

Setting:The home of Rosa and Willy and Cousin Joan
Characters:Rosa, Willy, and Cousin Joan
Plot:Cousin Joan really wants to read, but Rosa and Willy keep bothering each other and will not sit still and read. So Cousin Joan tries to settle them by telling a story.
Solution:Cousin Joan tells the children a story about alligators fighting and biting, which helps Rosa and Willy to realize that reading their books is a much more pleasant activity.
Summary:Cousin Joan is trying to read her book, and Rosa and Willy want to sit with her, but they keep squeezing and pinching each other. Cousin Joan is reading a book about alligators, so she tells them a story about big hungry alligator and about how alligators fight and bite each other. But even when she finishes the story, the children have more questions about the big hungry alligator, so Cousin Joan has to tell them another story. This time the mother alligator makes the little alligators promise to listen to her when she says, [No fighting, no biting.] Cousin Joan hopes the story will teach Rosa and Willy a lesson, and finally it does.
Curriculum Connections:Storytelling unit, animal unit, character education—getting along

ACTIVITIES FOR MEDIA SPECIALISTS

Schema

Ask the children if they ever have trouble getting along with their brothers and sisters. Let a few children tell their story. Explain that siblings often do have arguments. Ask them to think about why that is.


Predicting

Show the students some of the pictures in the book and have them notice the facial expressions of all three characters. Ask why they think they look the way they do. What might be happening?


Visualizing

Have students do the following exercise: Imagine that you and a brother or sister or friend are not getting along. What would you do to solve the problem?


Library Skills

The illustrator of this book is famous. Show the children some other books that Maurice Sendak has illustrated. Ask what they think makes him a good illustrator.

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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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