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Reading Activities 08.06.20 - 12.06.20

Quackenstein Hatches a Family read by Kristen Bell

Quackenstein Hatches a Family is written by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, illustrated by Brian T. Jones and read by Kristen Bell. Crack open this tale of family a...

Quackenstein Hatches a Family

 

Think about the book you have just listen to: 

 

What did you think to the book? 

What happened in the book?

Did you think it was funny?

Would you recommend it to someone? Who?

Can you rate the book out of 10?

 

 

Lesson 4 - Inference

 

Re-read the last extract from Funny Bones and see if you can answer these questions in your yellow book.

 

  1. Why do you think everybody was in bed?
  2. How do you think Big skeleton feels about not being able to frighten anyone?
  3. Why do you think they want to ride on the elephant skeleton?
  4. Why do they stay away from the crocodile skeleton?

 

Challenge:

Have a look back at both extracts from the activities above. At the end of the story they decide to scare each other.

Using the beginnings of the sentences below, write three sentences to show how they could scare each other

 

  • The big skeleton will _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
  • The little skeleton will _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
  • The dog skeleton will _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Lesson 3 - Sequencing

 

Read this second extract from Funnybones and then try the activity below.

So the big skeleton, the little skeleton and the dog skeleton left the dark dark swings, went out into the dark dark town – and tried to frighten somebody.

The trouble was, there wasn’t anybody. Everybody was in bed. Even the policemen in the police station were in bed. Even the animals in the zoo!

Of course, the skeleton animals were awake.

SQUEAK

SNORT

OINK

GEE UP NELLIE

GOOD EVENING ALL… WHO’S A CHEEKY BOY THEN… HAVE A CUP OF TEA… PRETTY POLLY… PUT THE KETTLE ON MOTHER…

"Let’s have a ride on the elephant skeleton,” the little skeleton said.

“Let’s have a word with the parrot skeleton.”

The big skeleton scratched his skull.

“Let’s … keep out of the way of the crocodile skeleton,” he said.

When they were back in the street, and when they still could not find anybody to frighten, the big skeleton said, “What shall we do now?”

The little skeleton scratched his skull. “Let’s frighten each other,” he said.

“That’s better than nothing!”

“Good idea!” the big skeleton said.

 

Try retelling what happened in the story.

(You could write this in your yellow book or simply tell an adult)

 

Here are some of the events that happened:

  • the skeletons want to scare somebody
  • everybody is sleeping
  • they go to the zoo
  • they cannot scare anyone
  • they decide to scare each other

 

Use these words to help you put the events in order.

  • First,
  • Next,
  • Then,
  • After that,
  • Finally

Lesson 2 - Prediction Activity

 

Have another look at the reading activity from yesterday.

Can you remember what happened? 

 

Poor skeleton dog is in pieces and Big skeleton and Little skeleton are trying to put him back together. 

 

Try and predict what might happen next in the story. Think about:

  • What Big skeleton does?
  • How does Little skeleton help?
  • Can they put the bones together correctly?
  • How does dog skeleton feel?

 

You can either write the next part of the story as if you were the author, write a paragraph telling me what happens next or draw a comic strip to show what could happen next in the story. 

 

I can't wait to read your ideas!

 

Lesson 1 - Retrieval Activity

 

Read this short extract from Funnybones and then try the activity below.

 

The big skeleton and the little skeleton played on the swings.

They threw a stick for the dog.

Suddenly something happened.

The dog skeleton chased the stick, tripped over a park bench, bumped into a tree- "WOOF" – and ended up as a little pile of bones.

“Look at that!” the big skeleton said.

“He’s all come to pieces. What shall we do now?”

“Let’s put him back together again,” the little skeleton said.

So the big skeleton and the little skeleton put the dog skeleton together again.

They sang a song while they did it.

"THE TOE BONE’S CONNECTED TO THE – FOOT BONE!

THE FOOT BONE’S CONNECTED TO THE -LEG BONE!

THE LEG BONE’S CONNECTED TO THE – HIP BONE!

THE HIP BONE’S CONNECTED TO THE – BACK BONE!

WOFO!

OOFW!"

Then they got mixed up.

“Is that a toe bone?” the little skeleton said.

“Where does this one go?” said the big skeleton.

OWOF!

 

Questions: (Write the answers in your yellow book)

  1. What was the skeleton dog chasing?
  2. What happened to the skeleton dog?
  3. Who suggested they put the dog back together?
  4. Which bone is connected to the hip bone?
  5. Do they connect the dog back up correctly?

 

Challenge:

Match the character names with what they said:

Characters

  • The big skeleton
  • The little skeleton
  • The dog skeleton

 

Quotes from Funnybones

  • "Is that a toe bone?"
  • OWOF
  • "Where does this one go?"

 

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