Charlie Needs a Cloak by Tomie De Paola & Red Berry Wool by Robyn Harbert Eversole

charliered berrySchema: sheep, wool, sweaters, cloaks, the invisible cloak in the Harry Potter stories

Text-to-Text Connections: These two books make a big connection in that they both talk about how wool is used to create a garment.  Charlie shares more technical information about the process.  Red Berry shows how the words used to create fabric can have more than one meaning.

The lamb thinks wash the wool as to get in the pond.  He thinks spinning the wool means to spin around and around, and he thinks knitting the wool means to be close with the boy.

Cause and Effect: Because the lamb spins in the meadow, the effect is that he gets dizzy and falls off of the cliff.

Because the boy looks after the sheep as his responsibility, the effect is that he is always there to save the sheep when he encounters danger.

Compare and Contrast: Use a graphic organizer to compare the words used to make the wool fabric with how the lamb uses the words to make his wool into a sweater like the boy’s.

Synthesis: Students synthesize that snakes like to eat berries from Red Berry.  Many children share that they have been warned, mainly by their grandparents,  about watching out for snakes when picking berries.

Predicting: Predict what Charlie will be doing next spring based on the last scene in the book.

Sequencing: Sequence the skills used to take the wool to a garment.

Inference: Infer what the mouse in Charlie must be thinking throughout the book.

Point of View:  Retell Charlie from the point of view of the sheep  that keeps fighting for her wool.

Seasons: Charlie goes through the four seasons.  He shears the sheep in the Spring.  As the year goes by, the sheep’s wool grows.


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