Today’s mini lesson uses the book “I Need My Monster” written by Amanda Noll and illustrated by Howard McWilliam.
The lesson plan comes from Chelsea Sandstrom of Upper Iowa University. You can find the complete lesson here.
The basis of this lesson comes from the Two Sisters’Reading CAFE (Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expand Vocabulary) strategies for reading. Sandstrom gave ideas for using 6 strategies with this book.
For the goal of comprehension, the strategy of “predict what will happen, use text to confirm”
* Read pages 1-3 and ask the students what do they predict will happen next. Model going back in the text to confirm what happened.
* Ask the students what they think the monster looks like or have them draw the monster (this could also work for the strategy “make a picture”).
* Read pages 4 and 5 and ask students if their guess was right. How do they know? Have students provide evidence from the text.
* Continue reading each page and asking students if the monster was what they thought it would look like.
This is just one of Chelsea Sandstrom’s straegies to use with this book. Her lesson includes other strategies.
The book image is from Amazon.