Epossumondas Saves the Day by Coleen Salley

epossumondas-saves-the-daySchema: Louisianna, bayou, folktale, baking soda

Colloquialisms: swaney, scoot over, sody sallyraytus, lickety-split, dillydally, Catawampus, hissy fit, soppin’ mad, nervous as a long-tailed cat in a roomful of rocking chairs, skedaddled, flabbergasted, thumpin’ gizzards, patootie, gooder ‘n’ grits

After you say each of these colloquialisms as you are reading, have students repeat them right after you.  It makes it fun for them to participate.  Talk about what the words mean as you go.

Predicting: After Baby Gator disappears, predict what is going to happen with each character after they buy the Sody.

Cause and Effect: Because Mama is out of baking soda, the effect is that each character was eaten by the turtle.
Because the turtle swallowed so much soda, the effect is that he explodes just like a bottle of soda pop when it gets shaken.
Because Epossumondas thinks fast and climbs the tree, the effect is that he was able to save his family by giving the turtle enough baking soda to make him explode.

Text-to-text connection: Gobble, Gobble, Slip Slop: A Tale of a Very Greedy Cat by Meilo So;  the cat in the story repeats a similar statement to the turtle’s as he eats each thing.

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