Read-Aloud Lesson Plan Title: Armadillo Tattletale Author: Helen Ketteman Illustrator: Keith Graves Suggested Grade Level: Third Strategy: Predict/Infer Submitted by: Monika Logan School: Wrens Elementary School Planning This book is a wonderful piece of fiction about eavesdropping and tattletales. The illustrations are extraordinary. The book provides a context for teaching students to predict and to make inferences about what is going to happen next. Before Reading: Prepare Begin by asking the question, “What are ‘tattletales’?” Should we tattle? Why or why not? Are there some times when we need to tattle? Let’s take a minute to think about the title of this book, Armadillo Tattletale. Look at the illustration on the front cover. Do you think that Armadillo’s tattling might get him in trouble? While I am reading the book, I want you to think about what might happen in the end. I will occasionally stop reading to ask you for your predictions of how you think the story will end. During Reading: Guide After “scraggly-looking” – How do you think Blue Jay feels about what Armadillo just told him? Did Armadillo tell Blue Jay exactly what Egret said? Can you predict how Egret is going to react towards Armadillo when he finds out about what Armadillo told Blue Jay? After “he promised never, ever to tell tales again” – Do you think that Armadillo learned his lesson after a second time? What do you infer will happen next? At the end – Did the story end the way we predicted? Did Armadillo really learn his lesson? What caused Armadillo to stop tattling? After Reading: Extend When we predict what is going to happen in a story, we may not be able to predict exactly what is going to happen, but we can make logical guesses or assumptions. Should we tattle? When we tattle, is it important to state the exact facts and not add to the facts? Vocabulary Lesson There are some interesting words in the book that I would like for you to think about. The first word is humongous. In the story, the word humongous was used to describe the hissy fit that each victim encountered. Humongous means large, huge, or very big. Can anyone use the word humongous in a sentence? The next word is promise. In the story, Armadillo promised not to tattle, but each time, he never kept his promise. What is a promise? A promise is like a pledge or to give your word.
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