Class Pets Lesson Plan
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2
About the Book
Missy has big plans for when she brings home the class pets, Eenie-Meenie, Miney, and Moe. Unfortunately, the new girl Tiffany is given first choice and chooses the same pets that Missy covets. Will Missy’s pet plans be ruined?
- Have students discuss the cover of Missy’s Super Duper Royal Deluxe: Class Pets. What pets are depicted on the cover? Could these be the pets in Missy’s class?
- Talk about what “point of view” means. Read a few speech bubbles to illustrate the different points of view by the characters.
As students read, have them use a graphic organizer to record each character’s personality traits and the page number that shows the action or behavior that supports their idea. (RL 2.3: Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.)
|Character||Personality Trait||Page #|
Discuss the personality traits of each character. What evidence did students find of this trait?
Bubble Reading: Readers’ theater is one of the best ways to promote fluent reading because it involves an oral performance. Missy’s Super Duper Royal Deluxe includes extensive dialogue between characters, particularly Missy and Oscar. Select a chapter from one of the Missy books such as Chapter 3, “No Ruffles, No Rainbows, No Ribbons, No Sparkles, No Nothing!” in Picture Day or Chapter 4, “Green Gummy Bears” in Class Pets. Prepare the students to engage in a readers’ theater bubble reading by doing the following:
- Point to and read a selection of Missy’s speech bubbles. Ask the students, “Who is telling this portion of the story? How do you know? How is she feeling? What type of expression should be used in reading Missy’s speech bubbles?”
- Point to and read a selection of Oscar’s speech bubbles. Ask the students the same questions as you did when discussing Missy’s speech bubbles.
- Next, select three children to read the parts of the narrator, Missy, and Oscar. Remind them to read with expression and to convey what the characters are feeling.
(RL 2.6: Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.)