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1 LESSON 20 TEACHER S GUIDE Curious George Visits the Woods Fountas-Pinnell Level E Fiction Selection Summary Curious George, the monkey from the classic children s book series, goes camping with his friend, the man in the yellow hat. George sees wild animals, trees, and a river, and then realizes that he is lost. Finally he makes his way back to the campfire and his friend. Number of Words: 91 Characteristics of the Text Genre Fiction Text Structure Content Themes and Ideas Language and Literary Features Sentence Complexity Vocabulary Words Illustrations Book and Print Features Third-person narrative, told in past tense Standard plot structure: beginning events, problem, resolution Camping in the woods Woodland animals Getting lost A monkey character can act like a real person. Camping is an activity people do for fun. It is scary to be lost. Third-person narrator Repetitive, rhythmical language (Examples: George saw a deer. George saw birds and bears, too. He saw trees, and he saw a river.) Simple and compound sentences, with phrases Sentences of eight words or fewer Words about camping: camping, bucket, tent, campfi re Names of animals: deer, birds, bears High-frequency words: a, for, he, and, see, the, look(ed), to Mainly one-syllable words; two-syllable words camping, bucket, water, river, campfi re Words with endings s, ed, ing Illustrations support text and provide additional information. Illustration above text on each of nine pages Each one- to two-line sentence begins on a new line, broken before a phrase. Word NOT in all capital letters, for emphasis Fountas, I.C. & Pinnell, G.S. Teaching for Comprehending and Fluency, Heinemann, Portsmouth, N.H. Copyright by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company All rights reserved. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying or recording, or by any information storage or retrieval system, without the prior written permission of the copyright owner unless such copying is expressly permitted by federal copyright law. Permission is hereby granted to individual teachers using the corresponding (discipline) Leveled Readers to photocopy student worksheets from this publication in classroom quantities for instructional use and not for resale. Requests for information on other matters regarding duplication of this work should be addressed to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, Attn: Contracts, Copyrights, and Licensing, 9400 SouthPark Center Loop, Orlando, Florida Printed in the U.S.A If you have received these materials as examination copies free of charge, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company retains title to the materials and they may not be resold. Resale of examination copies is strictly prohibited. Possession of this publication in print format does not entitle users to convert this publication, or any portion of it, into electronic format. K_300009_AL_LRTG_L20_George.indd 1 11/3/09 7:30:54 PM

2 Curious George Visits the Woods Build Background Read the title to children. Have children share what they know about the familiar, popular monkey character named Curious George. Tell children that George lives with his friend, the man in the yellow hat, and does things that a mischievous, curious child might do. Use the details in the cover illustration to introduce the concept of camping. Then ask: What do people do when they go camping in the woods? What should they be careful about? Introduce the Text Guide children through the text, noting important ideas and helping with unfamiliar language and vocabulary so they can read the text successfully. Here are some suggestions: Page 2: Tell children that this story tells what happens when Curious George leaves the campground to get water in a bucket. Suggested language: Turn to page 2. This is the same picture as on the cover. The sentence reads: George went camping. What will George and the man in the yellow hat do to get ready to spend the night at this campground? What equipment did they bring? Where will they sleep? Page 3: Turn to page 3. George s friend has a pole for the tent. Find and point to the word friend. What two letters does friend begin with? What will George s friend do with the pole? Do you think George will help put up the tent? Page 7: On page 7, where is George? George climbed up a big tree. Why is George good at climbing up trees? How does he seem to feel at the top of this tree? Now turn back to the beginning and read to fi nd out what happens to George when he goes camping. Learn More Words climbed friend 2 Lesson 20: Curious George Visits the Woods K_300009_AL_LRTG_L20_George.indd 2 7/27/09 9:54:43 AM

3 Read As the children read, observe them carefully. Guide them as needed, using language that supports their problem solving ability. Respond to the Text Personal Response Ask children to share their personal responses to the book. Begin by asking what they liked best about the book, or what they found interesting. Suggested language: What parts of camping in the woods would you like? What parts would you not like? Ways of Thinking As you discuss the text, make sure children understand these teaching points: Thinking Within the Text Thinking Beyond the Text Thinking About the Text George the monkey went camping with his friend. When George went to get water, he saw different animals and got lost. George climbed a tree and saw the campfire. He climbed from tree to tree to get back to his friend. George is a monkey that acts like a person, but when he climbs trees, he acts like a monkey. Camping is something that people do for fun. Getting lost in the woods is scary. The author makes us want to find out how George will get back safely. The pictures show how George feels. The story has a happy ending Fountas, I.C. & Pinnell, G.S. Teaching for Comprehending and Fluency, Heinemann, Portsmouth, N.H. Choices for Support Concepts of Print Use the text on page 8 to point out the capitalized first word and two end marks, period and exclamation point, in sentences. Explain that the word NOT is in uppercase letters, because it is important and should be read louder than the other words. Have children practice reading the sentences aloud. Phonemic Awareness and Word Work Provide practice as needed with words and sounds, using one of the following activities: Rhyming Words Have children name all the words they can that rhyme with went and tent. Ending ed Have children turn to pages 8 and 9 to fi nd the words looked and climbed. Point out the ending ed, and the base word. Have children say a sentence with each base word, and a sentence with each word with ed. 3 Lesson 20: Curious George Visits the Woods K_300009_AL_LRTG_L20_George.indd 3 11/4/09 4:40:48 PM

4 Writing About Reading Critical Thinking Read the directions for children on BLM 20.8 and guide them in answering the questions. Responding Read aloud the questions at the back of the book and help children complete the activities. Target Comprehension ension Skill Sequence of Events Tell children that they can think about what happens first, next, and last in a story. Model thinking about the sequence of events: Think Aloud First, George went off with his bucket to get water. Next, he got lost and scared. He climbed a tree and saw the campfire. Last, he climbed from tree to tree all the way back to his friend and the campfire. Practice the Skill Ask children to name three things that happen in Curious George Visits the Woods. Then have them put the events in the correct time order, using the words first, next, and last. Writing Prompt Read aloud the following prompt. Have children draw and write their response, using the writing prompt on page 6. Draw a picture of something you would like to do on a camping trip. Write about why you want to do it. 4 Lesson 20: Curious George Visits the Woods K_300009_AL_LRTG_L20_George.indd 4 11/3/09 7:31:27 PM

5 English Language Learners Cultural Support Help children understand the concept of camping for fun at a campground like the one shown in the illustrations. Explain the tradition of toasting marshmallows, shown at the end of the story. Oral Language Development Check the children s comprehension, using a dialogue that best matches their English proficiency level. Speaker 1 is the teacher, Speaker 2 is the child. Beginning/ Early Intermediate Intermediate Early Advanced/ Advanced Speaker 1: What is George doing with his friend? Speaker 2: camping Speaker 1: What does George see in the woods? Speaker 2: animals Speaker 1: What does George climb to get back? Speaker 2: trees Speaker 1: Where are George and his friend camping? Speaker 2: in the woods Speaker 1: Why is George scared? Speaker 2: He is lost. Speaker 1: How does he see the way back? Speaker 2: He climbs a tree. Speaker 1: What problem does George have in this story? Speaker 2: He leaves the camp to get water, but he gets lost in the woods. Speaker 1: How does George solve his problem? Speaker 2: He climbs a tree to see the campfire. Then he climbs from tree to tree to get there. Name Date Lesson 20 BLACKLINE MASTER 20.8 Curious George Visits the Woods Children look at the pictures and circle the one that answers the question. 1. How did Curious George find his friend? He rode in a plane. He climbed a tree. He rode in a train. Children draw a picture of what they could see if they were high above the ground. 2. Read directions to children.. All rights reserved. 10, Unit 4: Let s Find Out 5 Lesson 20: Curious George Visits the Woods K_300009_AL_LRTG_L20_George.indd 5 7/27/09 9:54:45 AM

6 Name Date Curious George Visits the Woods Draw a picture of something you would like to do on a camping trip. Write about why you want to do it. 6 Lesson 20: Curious George Visits the Woods K_300009_AL_LRTG_L20_George.indd 6 7/27/09 9:54:46 AM

7 Name Date Lesson 20 BLACKLINE MASTER 20.8 Curious George Visits the Woods Children look at the pictures and circle the one that answers the question. 1. How did Curious George find his friend? He rode in a plane. He climbed a tree. He rode in a train. Children draw a picture of what they could see if they were high above the ground Lesson 20: Curious George Visits the Woods K_300009_AL_LRTG_L20_George.indd 7 7/27/09 9:54:47 AM

8 Student Date Curious George Visits the Woods LEVEL E Lesson 20 BLACKLINE MASTER Curious George Visits the Woods Running Record Form page Selection Text Errors Self-Corrections 2 3 George went camping. George got a bucket for water. His friend got the tent. 4 5 George saw a deer. George saw birds and bears, too. He saw trees, and he saw a river. 6 But George did NOT see the tent! He did NOT see his friend! George was lost! Comments: Accuracy Rate (# words read correctly/48 x 100) % Self-Correction Rate (# errors + # Self-Corrections/ Self-Corrections) 1: Behavior Code Error Read word correctly cat 0 Repeated word, sentence, or phrase Omission cat 0 cat 1 Behavior Code Error Substitution cut cat 1 Self-corrects cut sc cat Insertion the ˆcat 1 Word told T 1 cat Lesson 20: Curious George Visits the Woods K_300009_AL_LRTG_L20_George.indd 8 12/4/09 11:31:28 PM

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