Teaching Emergent Readers: Collaborative Library Lesson Plans

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No Mail for Mitchell

by Catherine Siracusa
Reading Level 1.8

Setting:Delivery route and neighborhood of Mitchell the mailman
Characters:Mitchell the mailman, Mr. Pig, Mr. Owl, Mrs. Groundhog, Mrs. Mouse, and the Beaver Family
Plot:Mitchell loves delivering the mail, but sadly, his mailbox is always empty. He really wishes he would receive a letter. One day he has to deliver a special package to Bobby Beaver for his birthday. Unfortunately, there's a terrible rainstorm, and Mitchell catches a bad cold. Mitchell has to stay in bed for two days and cannot do his job. The people on his route miss him very much!
Solution:Mitchell receives a great deal of mail because everyone misses him so much!
Summary:Mitchell feels bad because he delivers mail to everyone else, but he never gets any mail in his mailbox. He finds out just how much he is appreciated when he comes down with a cold and misses work for a few days.
Curriculum Connections:Language arts—letter writing unit. This book would be an excellent introduction to a letter writing unit. The teacher can instruct the class on the mechanics of letter writing including the greeting, the body of the letter, and the salutation. Students could write letters to their parents and tell them what they have learned in a particular subject.

ACTIVITIES FOR MEDIA SPECIALISTS

Schema

Ask your students: How many have ever received a letter? Is it fun to get mail? Why is that? What kind of mail have you received? How do you get your mail? Post office box? Mailbox? Delivered by truck? Community mailboxes?


Visualizing

Ask your students to do the following exercise: The mail must be delivered no matter what the weather is. Close your eyes and picture the worst rainstorm you have ever been in. What does it feel like? Would you want to deliver the mail in that kind of weather?


Predicting

Tell your students to look at Mitchell's uniform in the picture on the cover of the book. Ask what they think he does for a living. Show the students the cover of the book. Ask students why they think Mitchell is looking so sad and forlorn.


Library Skills

Ask students: How could we find a true (nonfiction) book about the U.S. Postal Service?

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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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