The Lady With the Alligator Purse CHALLENGING WORDS bathtub drank soap throat alligator purse nurse measles mumps penicillin SUMMARY This story is of a lady that had a very strange boy. He was always doing very strange things. So she called a doctor and nurse to see what was wrong with him. Actually the little boy just loved to eat. --- Conversation Questions--- (1) What is the book about? (Answer) The lady with the Alligator purse. (Follow Up) Do you like alligators? (2) Tell me what it was that Ms. Lucy had? (Answer) A baby. (Follow Up) Do you have baby sisters or brothers? (3) Why does the woman carry an alligator purse? (Answer) Any logical answer. (Follow Up) Do you have an alligator purse? (4) Tell me what you think is wrong with the boy. (Answer) Any logical answer. (Follow Up) Have you ever been sick before? (5) What does nonsense mean? (Answer) Foolish or senseless behavior or language. (Follow Up) Tell me a time that you have talked nonsense. (6) Why do you think Lucy called the doctor, the nurse, and the lady with the Alligator purse? (Answer) Because her son drank up all of the water and ate up the soap. (Follow Up) Have you ever ate a bar of soap? (7) Tell me why you think Tiny Tim didn't eat the bathtub? (Answer) Because it wouldn't go down his throat. (Follow Up) Do you think there is anybody that could eat a bathtub? (8) What did the lady in the alligator purse say that the boy needed? (Answer) A pizza. (Follow Up) When you get sick what do you usually eat? (9) Who went out the door last? (Answer) The lady with the Alligator purse. (Follow Up) Do you think her alligator purse was a real alligator? (10) Did the boy, doctor, nurse, and the lady with the alligator purse have a pizza party? (Answer) Yes. (Follow Up) Have you ever had a pizza party? Activities 1. Name all the characters in the story and tell what they did. 2. Draw and design your own purse. Tell what is so unique or strange about it. 3. Write about a time that you had a party. What did you do, where was it, and who came? 4. Write about the little boy drinking the water and eating the soap. Tell if you have ate soap before and if so did it make you sick or have a stomach ache. Introductions 1. Show the picture of the alligator to the child. Have the child tell you what they think about them? Have you seen an alligator? Have you ever touched an alligator? Say, Let's see what this story has to say about alligators in The Lady With the Alligator Purse. 2. Show the child a picture of the Alligator purse and ask the child if they have ever seen a alligator purse before. Say now let's read about a lady that has an Alligator purse and see if it is real or not. 3. Show a purse and ask the child if they think it is an Alligator purse or not. Now say let's read about a lady that did have an Alligator purse. Book Title: The Lady with the Alligator Purse Author: Nadine Bernard Westcott Illustrator: Nadine Bernard Westcott ISBN: 0-316-93136-5 # of Text Pages: 13 AR: 2.0 LEX: NP Building Oral Vocabulary 7 bathtub 13 measles 21 doctor Prediction Questions 7 Why wouldn't the bathtub go down his throat? 17 How many pizza's will he get? 21 What do you think the lady with the alligator will purse will do now? 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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