I Took My Frog to the Library lesson.activities

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					I Took My Frog to the Library by Eric A.
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Summary of the Story

Bridgett takes her animals to the library, and they cause trouble. The frog scares the librarian, the
hen lays an egg, the pelican hides the dictionary, the python sheds, the giraffe looks over
everyone's shoulder, the hyena laughs too loudly at storytime, and the elephant is just too big.
The librarian tells Bridgett she must leave her animals at home. Now when Bridgett goes to the
library, the elephant stays home and reads to the other animals.

Introducing the Story

      Read the title of the book on the cover, pointing to each word as you say it. Have children
       repeat the title as you point to each word.
      Point to the picture on the cover. Ask: Where is the girl? (She's at the library.) What is
       she doing? (She's reading to a frog.) Have you ever seen anyone do this at a library?

Reading the Story for the First Time

      Read the story, moving your finger under the words as you read.
      After reading that Bridgett takes the hen to the library, let children fill in the names of the
       rest of the animals she takes to the library. Pause after turning the pages, so he or she can
       identify the next animal.
      After reading the story, ask: Have you ever been to the library? Did you see any animals

Recalling the Story

      After you have finished reading, ask children the recall questions below. Continue to ask
       these questions when you reread the book, until he or she knows the answers.

Reading the Story Again and Again
       Give open-ended prompts on each page. For example, ask: What is happening in this
        picture? Do less reading each time you read, leaving more "reading" or retelling to the
       Give prompts about objects or activities in the pictures. For example, ask: What is this
        place called? (It is a library.) Use your finger to point to what you are asking about.
        Evaluate the child's response. Expand it by giving more information. Ask the child to
        repeat the answer.
       You may wish to discuss the prompts shown below.

Extra Activities

       Children can write new episodes. Have them use the pattern from the book: I took my
        frog to the library, but he...
       Children can read I Took My Frog to the Library to each other.

Recall Questions
Ask the following questions to check the children's understanding of the story.

   1.   What is the name of this book? (The book is called I Took My Frog to the Library.)
   2.   Who is the main character in this story? (The main character is a girl named Bridgett.)
   3.   Where does this story mostly take place? (It takes place in a library.)
   4.   What does Bridgett take to the library first? What happens? (She takes a frog to the
        library, and it scares the librarian.)
   5.   What does Bridgett take next? What happens? (She takes a hen, and it lays an egg.)
   6.   What other animals does she take to the library? (She takes a pelican, a python, a giraffe,
        a hyena, and an elephant.)
   7.   How does the elephant behave at the library? (The elephant behaves well. She listens
        nicely, stacks the books neatly, and asks the librarian for help when she needs it.)
   8.   What does the librarian tell Bridgett? (She tells Bridgett to leave her animals at home.)
   9.   What happens at the end of the story? (Bridgett goes to the library by herself, and the
        elephant stays home and reads to the other animals.)

Use the following questions after the second or third reading of I Took My Frog to the Library.
There are questions for every one or two pages of the story.

   1. What is happening in this picture? (Bridgett is taking her frog to the library.)
   2. Have you ever been to a library? Were there animals at the library? What did you do
   3. What happens when Bridgett takes the frog to the library? (The frog jumps out of the
      box, hops onto the checkout desk, and scares the librarian.)
   4. What does Bridgett take next to the library? What does it do there? (She takes a hen, and
      it lays an egg in the card catalog.)
   5. What do you call this bird? (It is a pelican.)
   6. What is everyone at the library looking for? (They are looking for the dictionary.)
   7. Where is it? (The pelican has it in his pouch.)
   8. What is this animal? (It is a python, a really big snake.)
   9. What is happening in this picture? (The python is shedding skin all over the books.)
   10. What does Bridgett take to the library next? (She takes a giraffe.)
   11. Do you think animals belong at the library? Why or why not?
   12. What is this animal called? (It is a hyena.)
   13. What are the children doing in this picture? (They are listening to the librarian read a
   14. What does the hyena do during storytime? (He laughs so loudly that nobody can hear the
   15. What is happening in this picture? (Bridgett's elephant is at the library, sitting with the
       children and listening to the story at storytime.)
   16. Can you show about how big an elephant is?
   17. What has happened in the library? Why are the books all over the floor? (The elephant
       knocked over the bookshelves and all the books fell on the floor.)
   18. Did the elephant knock over the books on purpose? (No, the elephant is just too big, and
       she knocks over things when she moves around.)
   19. Where is the elephant now? (She is outside the library looking in through the window.)
   20. What do you see here? (This is Bridgett's house.)
   21. Where is Bridgett going? (She is going to the library.)
   22. Does she take the animals with her? (No, they stay home.)
   23. What's happening in this picture? (The elephant is reading to all the other animals.)


The words listed below come from the story and its pictures. As you page through the book, ask
children to name the objects listed or talk about the actions portrayed. Words are listed for every
two pages of story. Ask about other objects and actions shown in the pictures as you see fit.

      frog, book, library
      hopping, desk, scared, surprised
      hen, egg, card catalog, drawer
      pelican, pouch, searching
      python, shedding, skin, messy
      giraffe, neck, horns
      hyena, laughing, sitting, listening
      elephant, trunk
      eye
      elephant's body
      tipped over, outside
      house, upstairs, downstairs, TV room, bathroom, bathtub, bedroom
      dining room, living room, front porch, waving
      reading
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