In the Small, Small Pond CHALLENGING WORDS herons hover minnows parade plunge quiver shiver swallows tadpoles waddle SUMMARY It may be a small, small pond, but there is lots of activity! Do you know what lives in a small, small pond? You may be surprised at what you see in the small, small pond. Come and see! --- Conversation Questions--- (1) Explain what this book is about. (Answer) All the different animals and bugs living in the pond. (Follow Up) Do you like ponds? (2) Look at page eight. What do you think the frog is thinking? (Answer) Any Logical Answer. (Follow Up) Have you ever caught a frog? (3) Pretend you are one of the turtles. Why do you drowse and doze on the log? (Answer) Any Logical Answer. (Follow Up) Have you ever fallen asleep in the sun? (4) Do you think you could learn new things from watching life on the pond? Why? (Answer) Any Logical Answer. (Follow Up) Tell me something you learned at school yesterday. (5) Define "tadpoles" (Answer) Baby frogs. (Follow Up) Have you ever watched a tadpole become a frog? (6) Describe what the raccoon was doing at the pond. (Answer) Catching fish for dinner. (Follow Up) Do you like fish? (7) Describe what the whirligigs do. (Answer) Circle, swirl, and twirl. (Follow Up) Have you ever watched water bugs skate on water? (8) Tell me why the minnows scattered. (Answer) A frog jumped into the water. (Follow Up) Do you know someone who has a fish tank? (9) Name another animal that might live in or on the pond. (Answer) A Beaver. (Follow Up) Have you ever seen a beaver's dam? (10) Describe what the geese did. (Answer) Made a parade. (Follow Up) Do you ever watch the geese fly in a V formation? Activities 1. List the animals and insects we met at the pond today. 2. Write two sentences about the turtles gathered on the log. 3. Write a journal entry about your trip to the pond. 4. Draw and label a picture of the pond and its inhabitants. Introduction 1. Have some pictures of frogs, fish, ducks or other animals or insects that live in or around a pond. Ask the student if they know where they all live. Have they ever been to a pond? Did they fish? Say, " Today we are going to find out just how crowded this small, small pond really is. Let's read and see." 2. Have the following words on the table: Frog, turtle, tadpole, fish, ducks, and dragonflies. Ask what they all have in common. Ask if they have seen any of these in or on a pond? Say, " Today we are going to read about some of the animals who live at the pond. Let's read and find out who they are!" 3. Have some pictures of different bodies of water, ponds, creeks, rivers, and the ocean. Ask students if they think you will find the same things in all these bodies of water. Tell them in today’s story you will read about a pond and what you will find in a pond. Book Title: In the Small, Small Pond Author: Denise Fleming Illustrator: Denise Fleming ISBN: 0-590-48119-3 # of Text Pages: 28 AR: 2.0 LEX: NP Building Oral Vocabulary 4 wriggle 16 whirligigs 21 dabble Prediction Questions 4 Tell me what the tadpoles become. 8 Guess who we may meet next. 12 Tell me what might happen when the frog jumps back in the water. This resource is provided by ATEAM—Barren County Board of Education, an AmeriCorps project funded in part by the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service and the Corporation for National and Community Service.
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