Listen Buddy by Helen Lester

Schema: listening, what happens when we don’t listen

Text-to-Self Connections: not paying attention when parents ask you to do something for them

Text-to-Text Connection: Another book by the same author, Hurty Feelings, is also a good one for teaching cause and effect.   Because Fragility sees elephant upset,  the effect is that Fragility feels sorry for someone other than herself.

Cause and Effect:   “Because” Buddy doesn’t listen, the effect is that he almost gets eaten.

Inference: Which road do you infer that Buddy will take?

Mental Image: The illustrator helps us to make a mental image of what Buddy thinks he hears.

Synthesis: Give some examples of other stories or situations where characters or friends have not heard correctly and caused a problem for themselves or others.

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