Teaching Emergent Readers: Collaborative Library Lesson Plans

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Sammy the Seal

by Syd Hoff
Reading Level 2.0

Setting:A zoo in the city and a school
Characters:Sammy the Seal, the zoo animals, and the kids at school
Plot:Sammy the Seal loves his home at the zoo, but he is sad because he really wants to see what is on the outside as well.
Solution:The zookeeper allows Sammy to go outside the zoo because he has been a good seal.
Summary:It is time for Mr. Johnson to feed the animals at the zoo. He tends to the lions, elephants, monkeys, bears, and seals. All the animals are very happy, except for one sad seal named Sammy. He is sad because he wants to leave the zoo and explore the city. Mr. Johnson lets Sammy go because he has been such a good seal. Sammy looks up at the skyscrapers, down at a manhole, and into a restaurant. He talks to people on the street. When he becomes hot and thirsty, he cannot find enough water to jump into, until he spots a bathtub in a house and jumps right in. Then he sees children going to school and decides that school would be fun to try. The teacher finally lets him stay, and Sammy learns to read, write, and play volleyball (which he does very well). All the children want him to come back the next day, but Sammy decides that there is [no place like home.]
Curriculum Connections:Animal unit, zoo unit; discussion of sayings ([no place like home]); character education—everyone has a special talent

ACTIVITIES FOR MEDIA SPECIALISTS

Schema

Ask how many children have ever been to the zoo. What was their favorite animal? Has anyone ever seen a seal? In the zoo? In the ocean?


Predicting

Show the students the cover of the book. Ask what they see. Ask if this story takes place in the country or in the city. Why do they think a seal is walking down the street with the children? Be sure they understand that this is a fictional story.


Visualizing

Ask students to do the following exercise: Picture yourself in a cage. How do you feel? What would it be like?


Library Skills

Discuss the parts of a book: the cover, spine, spine label, and title page.

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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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