THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT LESSON PLAN
Materials: Copy of the “The Owl and the Pussycat”
Rhyming words worksheet
Show the students the cover of the book and read the title. Ask them what they think this book will be about. Accept all responses.
Read the dedication and explain why an author sometimes puts a dedication in a book. Ask why the students think the author wrote the dedication for this book.
Read the book, displaying the pictures to the class. For each page ask questions about the pictures so that the students will understand that this book was written a long time age. This is evident in the clothing that the people wear. Explain that the money referred to in the poem comes from England where pound, shilling and pence are still used.
Comprehension questions to ask when the poem is finished to ensure that the students have understood the storyline and the pictures:
- What color was the boat they started out in? (green)
- Why do you think they needed plenty of money? (ship seemed to be very fancy)
- What did the Owl tell the Pussycat in the song? (she was beautiful)
- Did the Pussycat like the song? How do you know? (Yes, she wanted to marry him)
- Why do you think they went to the island in a smaller boat? (perhaps the ship was not stopping)
- Who married them? (a turkey)
- What did they eat at the wedding feast? (mince and quince)
- How did the poem end? (they danced on the beach)
Read the poem again and leave out the rhyming words so that the students can say them. Talk about the words and ask the students how they knew what words to fill in.
The Owl and the Pussycat Worksheet
Worksheet and activities. Picture drawing and journal.
Find a word in the poem that rhymes with each of these words and then come up with your own rhyming word.
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