Subject Area: Social Studies, Language, and Literacy
A touching story about friendship, separation, and self-reliance when Little Truck must cope with the separation of his friend, Big Truck, while he is in the repair shop.
Children will engage in a discussion about the book to emphasize story development and use props to retell and dramatize the story to enhance language and creative-thinking skills.
Show the children the book Big Truck and Little Truck. Ask them to look at the cover illustration and describe what they notice. Encourage the students to predict what the story will be about. Ask them to compare and contrast each truck.
Ask the following questions and engage students in a discussion about the story.
- What was the story about?
- Who were the main characters in the story?
- What happened in the beginning of the story?
- What happened in the middle of the story?
- How did the story end?
- Why did Little Truck like Big Truck?
- Why was Little Truck concerned when Big Truck had to go to the repair shop?
- What did Little Truck learn when he had to do the chores all by himself?
- Did this story remind you of any thing that has happened to you?
- Is there someone who helps you the way Big Truck helps L ittle T ruck?
Retelling the Story
Two trucks: one big and one little
- Reread the story Big Truck and Little Truck several times so that the class become s familiar with the sequence of the story. Show them the two trucks and invite them to use the trucks to retell the story. Students can retell the story individually or with a friend. They can also use the trucks to dramatize the story while an adult or another child narrates.
- Invite students to use the trucks and make up another story about Big Truck and Little Truck. Children can work alone or with another classmate to develop their story. Provide them with block-building materials and other manipulatives to use as props to enhance their story.
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