by Molly Coxe
Reading Level 2.6
|Setting:||In the home and at the school in Radish's neighborhood|
|Characters:||Radish the Rabbit, Mrs. Mink the teacher, Pinky the Pig, and Kat the Cat|
|Plot:||Radish hates spelling, recess, show-offs, and flashlight tag|
|Solution:||Radish discovers various ways to solve her problems: spelling becomes fun, recess is a challenge, and showing off actually is not a bad thing when someone is a ham. Even flashlight tag becomes easy when Radish uses her common sense.|
|Summary:||In Chapter One, Radish the Rabbit does not like spelling, but when her sister listens to rap music, Radish picks up the beat and finds a fun way to remember her spelling words. In Chapter Two, Radish does not like recess, but her teacher helps her find an activity that fits her skills perfectly. In Chapter Three, Radish is afraid that show-off Pinky the Pig will ruin her play, but as it turns out, Pinky actually enhances the performance. In Chapter Four, Radish and her friends are playing flashlight tag, and Radish finds her friends when she realizes they will be drawn to the smell of the raspberry pie.|
|Curriculum Connections:||Character education—overcoming problems, being creative|
Students know about spelling tests. Ask whether they like them and how they study for them.
Play a rap CD for students so that they will understand the beat and how it might help when
learning to spell words. Ask what they do at recess. Why do they choose a particular activity?
Ask: Has anyone ever written or been in a play? Is it easy? What does it mean to be a [ham]?
Ask: Has anyone ever played flashlight tag? Explain how to do it.
Show the students the cover of the book and ask what kind of character they think Radish is. Show the table of contents and point out how all the chapters begin with the letter R.
Ask students to do the following exercise: Make a picture in your head of the playground. Do you see many kids just standing around? Which is more fun, playing or standing around with nothing to do?
Explain the scene in which Radish's sister is listening to rap music. Read the rap that Radish has made up. Have the students repeat it after you until they get a good rhythm going.
Ask students: If you wanted to find a book of plays or try to write a play yourself, what are some keywords you might use to search on the computer? Theater, drama, plays, scripts, and so on.