Teaching Emergent Readers: Collaborative Library Lesson Plans

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Oscar Otter

by Nathaniel Benchley
Reading Level 2.6

Setting:The woods
Characters:Oscar the Otter, his father, the beaver, the fox, the wolf, and the moose
Plot:Oscar loves sliding down the hill into the water, but the beaver is always cutting down trees to build dams in the water. Then Oscar crashes into them. Oscar decides to build a secret slide all the way up the mountain but gets into trouble when a fox wants Oscar for supper!
Solution:Oscar slides down his secret slide to escape.
Summary:Oscar the Otter loves to slide into the pond, but the beaver has to build his home there, and the trees he chews down are in Oscar's way. So Oscar goes way up the mountain to build a secret slide, even though his father warns him not to got too far away from the water because other animals might catch him. But Oscar is determined. He climbs very high, builds his slide, and slides down at the end of each day. One day, he looks around and decides to explore. Little does he know, but a fox is watching him, as are a wolf, a mountain lion, and a moose. Soon the chase is on, and Oscar slides to safety with the help of the beaver, who has made a ramp over his logs so that Oscar can glide right into the pond. All the other animals crash into the log. The beaver saves the day!
Curriculum Connections:Animal unit, food chain, character education—respect for adults

ACTIVITIES FOR MEDIA SPECIALISTS

Schema

Ask students if they have ever seen an otter. Explain that there are river otters as well as ocean otters. They are very playful creatures and fun to watch.


Predicting

Show students the picture of the fox, wolf, and mountain lion crashing into the tree. Ask what they think happened.


Visualizing

Ask students to do the following exercise: Picture yourself at the top of a very high water slide. Now get ready, get set, slide! How does that feel?


Library Skills

Have a book with a call number for each letter of the alphabet for every child. Give each child a book. Call out the alphabet and have the students line up according to the call number on their book, as the books would be placed on the shelves.

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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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