Teaching Emergent Readers: Collaborative Library Lesson Plans

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Pretty Good Magic

by Cathy East Dubowski and Mark Dubowski
Reading Level 2.4

Setting:The very quiet town of Forty Winks
Characters:Presto the Magician, the Mayor of Forty Winks, and dozens of rabbits
Plot:Presto the Magician is a pretty good magician, but he wants to be a great magician, which leads to an overpopulation of rabbits.
Solution:Presto reads a magic book and tries the [Rabbits by the Dozen] trick, which works a little too well, but he awakens the sleepy little town.
Summary:Presto the Magician arrives in the sleepy little town of Forty Winks and puts on a magic show. The mayor thanks Presto for his [pretty good magic.] But Presto wants to do some really great magic, so he studies a new trick called [Rabbits by the Dozen.] The trick doesn't work immediately, but the next morning, there are rabbits everywhere in Forty Winks. The mayor is upset that the rabbits have brought chaos to his nice, quiet town. The people of Forty Winks, however, are not sleepy and quiet anymore. They laugh and have fun. So Presto decides to open a magic school, and then everyone can learn the tricks, have fun, and take home a rabbit to practice the rabbit and the hat trick.
Curriculum Connections:Reading theme, hobbies, character education—determination

ACTIVITIES FOR MEDIA SPECIALISTS

Schema

Ask if anyone has seen a magician. What did the magician do? Ask if anyone has heard the saying [forty winks.] Explain the use of the phrase.


Predicting

Show the students the picture in which the rabbits cause a traffic jam in Forty Winks. Ask what they think has happened in the quiet little town.


Visualizing

Have students do the following exercise: Picture yourself surrounded by dozens and dozens of rabbits hopping all over your yard. Would you be laughing, or would you be a little scared? What would you do?


Library Skills

Show the students where to find books on magic tricks in the library. Some students will undoubtedly get very interested in the topic.

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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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