Schema: sticks, playing with sticks
Text-to-Text Connections: Over in the Meadow, an old rhyme about the animals in a meadow; the rhyme goes something like, “over in the meadow in the sand and the sun lived an old mother turtle and her little turtle one…” See the lyrics
Also a connection with the Gingerbread Man stories as the stick is running from animals and people.
Personification: the stick is personified
Predicting: Ask students to predict what the stick man will be used for next as you are reading the story.
Because a dog grabs him, the effect is that stick man gets farther and farther away from his home. Every situation where Stick Man is taken can be used as a cause and effect example.
Because Santa Claus rescued the Stick Man, the effect is that he is taken back to his tree.
Organizational Strategies: Create a flow chart showing the stick’s movement throughout the story.