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Scaredy Squirrel – Mentor Text

April 6, 2019 5 Comments

Today’s featured book is Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt. Not only has this beloved series won numerous awards, but a television series on the books began in 2011.

In case you aren’t familiar with this character, let me tell you a bit about him. As his name suggests, Scaredy has many fears; from  mosquitoes, ants, germs, to polka-dot monsters and confetti. Some, you may relate to as well! So Scaredy has become an expert on how to avoid them at all cost. He designs a plan, takes along an emergency kit, and if all else fails, will play dead. Of course, like our lives, things rarely go along as planned.

Children can identify with this character and learn that sometimes things aren’t as bad as we feared. Sometimes, taking the risk to do something unfamiliar can result in unexpected rewards!

The predictable structure of each Scaredy Squirrel adventure makes it a fun text to model creative writing. Using some of the author’s text features, I’ve created a writing prompt called Scaredy Squirrel Visit’s Your Home. 

The first page has space for the child to use their imagination to explain some activities they did with Scaredy Squirrel. Perhaps he went to practice with him, or helped her with her homework.

There is also a place to record that day’s schedule. Scaredy likes to know these things in advance!

Then there is an option to draw an illustration, or glue a photograph,

The imaginary fun continues on page two.

While there are stuffed animals of Scaredy Squirrel, I provided a printable cut out version for you.

This writing project was one of my students’ favorite.

Now it can be yours too!

I’d love to see what your kiddos wrote 🙂

Please send me your photos and comments.

Simply click on the image below to download your own copy of Scaredy Squirrel Visits Your Home.

 

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Alison Monk

When I started teaching, I quickly realized that student teaching didn't prepare me for the real challenges of being alone in a classroom full of young children. The learning curve was steep and time was limited. That is why I created the Literacy Garden. My hope is this will be a place for inspiration, mentoring, and connecting.

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  • Kathie Yonemura April 9, 2019 at 12:34 AM

    What a cute book; I didn’t know this one. I’m sure the kids will love reading about him. Thanks!

  • Lisa Robles April 8, 2019 at 8:24 PM

    Cute activities! Never heard of it but I’ll look for it. Thanks!!

  • socrateslantern April 7, 2019 at 2:12 PM

    What wonderful activities for the little ones.

  • Purposeful Plans April 7, 2019 at 10:50 AM

    Scaredy Squirrel is a relatable character for students. This is a cute idea!

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    My name is Alison. I'm a veteran teacher with a passion for supporting teachers like you with practical effective tips and engaging resources. I love children's literature, Golden Retrievers, and gardening. Read More

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    When I started teaching, I quickly realized that student teaching didn't prepare me for the real challenges of being alone in a classroom full of young children. The learning curve was steep and time was limited. That is why I created the Literacy Garden. My hope is this will be a place for inspiration, mentoring, and connecting.

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