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Title: Tops and Bottoms Author: Janet Stevens Illustrator: Janet Stevens Suggested Grade Level: First or Second Strategy: Stop and Think Submitted by: Leigh Brown School: Carver Elementary School

Planning

Tops and Bottoms is a fiction book with a strong plot that provides natural places for readers to pause and summarize what has happened to that point in the book and to make predictions about what might happen next. This is called the “stop and think” strategy. On Christmas Day, Rodney and I left Louisville to travel to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. It took us seven hours to get there because we had to stop several times to ask for directions or to look at the map. When you go on a trip, you often have to stop and think about where you’ve been and where you want to go. Reading a book is like taking a trip. Readers need to “stop and think” about what they are reading. They need to “stop” and summarize what’s been read so far and “think” or predict what might happen next. What do you think would happen if you were driving to an unfamiliar place and you never stopped to ask for directions or to think about where you needed to go next? That’s what it is like if you read and read and read a book without ever stopping. You become confused. I’m going to read to you a book entitled Tops and Bottoms. Every time I stop, we will discuss what has happened up to that point, and we will make predictions. Before we read, let’s look at the cover and think about the title. What do you think the story will be about? Why do you think it is titled Tops and Bottoms? Good readers stop and think about a book even before they read it!

Before Reading: Prepare

During Reading: Guide

After, “It’s a done deal, Bear.” So far I’ve learned that Bear and Hare are neighbors. Bear is rich and lazy, and Hare is poor and clever. Hare needs some money for his family so he makes a deal with bear to try to get some money. Who can tell me more about the deal they made? Students will then make predictions. Discuss the differences in plant tops and bottoms.

After, “It’s a done deal, Bear.” Have a student summarize. Then ask students, “What do you think will happen next?” Let students talk to a partner for about one minute and tell each other their predictions. Let one or two students share predictions. After, “From now on, I’ll plant my own crops…” Wow! Hare has done it again. What do you think Bear will do now? What about Hare’s family? After Reading: Extend If I had read Tops and Bottoms without stopping to think, I bet I would have been confused. I probably would have needed to read it again. However, we summarized and predicted all throughout the story and we understand exactly what it was about. How did “stop and think” help you? Do you think you will do this when you read? Why? Do you think Hare was a good neighbor? Discuss this with your partner. Vocabulary Lesson We learned a lot about vegetables in this book. We also learned the word harvest. Let’s do a chart on tops and bottoms of vegetables that are harvested.

Radishes Beets Corn Lettuce Celery Onions Broccoli You can eat the top You can eat the bottom You can eat the middle


				
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