Mrs. Watson Wants Your Teeth by Alison McGhee

mrs-watson-wants-your-teethSchema: starting first grade, losing a tooth at school, being frightened by an older kid

Explain the dialogue bubbles:  The pointing bubble means speaking, the bubble with a bubble trail means thinking.
Notice the 3 marks above the first grader’s head before she enters the classroom.  The marks are showing that she is alarmed.

Inferring: The first grader infers that Mrs. Watson’s earrings and necklace are made from teeth.

Mrs. Watson infers that the girl thinks the treats are “mmmm” good, but she is really trying to warn the others not to let Mrs. Watson get their teeth.

Text-to-self connections: memories of kindergarten teacher, bringing something to share for show and tell, knowing how to count backwards, missing home and your pet while at school; do you think you could push a tooth out with your tongue?  Do you have any connections with being afraid to go to a new grade or teacher in school?

Point of View: The story is told from the little first grade girl’s point of view.

Explain phrase: “she’s on to me.”  The second grader is on to the fact that the first grader has a loose tooth, but at the end on the bus ride home, the first grader is “on to the second grader’s” plan to make her afraid of the first grade teacher.

Where does your tongue go when you say the letter “n” sound?  Can you feel it pushing the back of your top teeth?

Compare and Contrast: The true Mrs. Watson with the little red-headed second grader’s version of Mrs. Watson


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