by Edward Marshall
Reading Level 1.8
|Characters:||Lolly, Spider, and Sam|
|Plot:||After their picnic, the kids can't go for a swim right away, so they decide to tell stories. They are critical of each other's stories until Spider tells his.|
|Solution:||Spider is last to tell his story and improves on the other two tales. He manages to satisfy everyone and have a good laugh, too.|
|Summary:||Three friends are spending the day at the seashore. They have a picnic and feel too full to go swimming, so they decide to listen to Lolly's story from her reader about a rat and a cat. Spider and Sam decide that the story is dull, so Sam says he can do better. After he tells his story, Spider says he doesn't like the ending. So now it's Spider's turn, and he is going to make his story scary. His story takes a very interesting turn, and it does scare Lolly and Sam—even though they won't admit it. Spider really gets a good laugh out of the ending to his story.|
|Curriculum Connections:||Ocean unit, storytelling unit, story writing|
Ask students if they have ever been to the ocean. Let them tell about their experiences to find out what they know about the sea.
Tell the children that this is a [story within a story.] Have them explain what they think that means.
Ask students to do the following exercise: Picture yourself with friends or family at the beach. What are you doing?
Show the students a variety of books from the shelves. Read the titles and have them decide if the book is fiction or nonfiction.
Make large cards with either fiction or nonfiction call numbers on them. Have the students line up as if they were books on a shelf.