Subject Area: Language Arts
Frank Asch, collaborating with his son Devin, has written an endearing tale about a baby duck that ventures too far from home despite his mama's warnings.
Children will demonstrate knowledge of story sequence by retelling the story and discussing the meaning in their own words, and they will relate personal experiences to the text.
Show the children the book Baby Duck's New Friend. Ask them to look at the cover and predict what the story will be about. What types of things might Baby Duck and his new friend do together?
After reading the story, review the illustrations with the children. Discuss the sequence of events. Encourage them to describe what is happening in each picture. Ask the following questions to engage the class in a discussion about the events and meaning of the story:
- Where does the story begin?
- How does Baby Duck meet his new friend?
- Did Baby Duck follow his mama's advice?
- Where does the yellow duck come from?
- Why does Baby Duck think that the river is broken?
- What happened after Baby Duck fell over the waterfall?
- Where did the river carry the two ducks?
- Describe what happened when Baby Duck came to the ocean. How does Baby Duck feel?
- How does Baby Duck find his way home?
- How does the story end?
- Do you think Baby Duck will tell his mama that he already knows how to fly?
- What do you think happened to the little yellow duck?
Ask the children to share an experience that they may have had that was similar to Baby Duck's. Encourage them to describe the event and how they felt during and after. Ask the children why they think it is important to listen to family members or adults and to follow rules. Did Baby Duck face dangerous situations when he ventured too far from home? Why do you think Frank Asch wrote this story for young children?
Retelling the Story
Reread the story to the class so children can become familiar with the text. Invite children to take turns retelling the story to their classmates. Encourage them to use the illustrations to assist them with recalling the story sequence and to add additional descriptive language.
Provide the children with drawing and writing materials. Invite them to write and illustrate another tale about Baby Duck. Can they think of another adventure that Baby Duck might have the following day after his mother teaches him to fly? Or can they create another story about how Baby Duck and the little yellow duck meet again? Maybe they can think of a new friend Baby Duck could meet. Invite the children to share their finished stories during group time.
Other Favorite Duck Tales
You're the Boss, Baby Duck
by Amy Nest
A charming story that captures the jealous feelings that Baby Duck possesses after the birth of his new baby sister.
The Story of Ping
by Marjorie Flack
The classic tale about the littlest duck that lives on a boat on the Yangtze River.
Five Little Ducks
The illustrated version of the classic Raffi song about a mother duck who loses all of her ducklings only to have them return all grown-up and with their own families.
Make Way for Ducklings
by Robert McCloskey
Mrs. Mallard marches her eight ducklings through the streets of Boston, causing mirthful mayhem.
The Ugly Duckling
by Hans Christian Andersen; Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
An ostracized, homely duckling eventually blossoms into a beautiful swan.
Other Books by Frank Asch
Baby Bird's First Nest
Good Night, Baby Bear
Teaching plan written by Risa Young