Saturday, November 24, 2012

Reviewing with Scaredy Squirrel!

We only had two days of school the week of Thanksgiving, and I didn't want to introduce a new concept before our little vacation.  I decided to review a few of the things we have learned this year and use the book Scaredy Squirrel to do it!  I love that book.  It makes me laugh every time I read it!

If you don't know this book, you need to read it.  The kids LOVE it!  I thought this would be a fun way to review.

We started off reading the first Scaredy Squirrel book. During reading, we wrote our schema, connections, thinking, and questions.


 We were learning about adjectives the week before, so we then listed adjectives to desribe Scaredy Squirrel.
We also talked about some of Scaredy Squirrel's character traits....because he has some interesting traits!  We listed a few on this page, but they also had to give me some evidence from the story to support their character traits.


After talking about character traits and adjectives, we moved on to writing synonyms and antonyms for those character traits and adjectives.

I think the class favorite was making the emergency kit.  We discussed each of Scaredy Squirrel's items in his emergency kit and why he had them.  We shared some of the things that we were afraid of and what we could use to help us with that.  Then, the students made their own emergency kit!  They also had to write why they put each item in their emergency kit.  This was FUN!
Here's an example:

We also looked at some of the other Scaredy Squirrel books.  One of our favorites was Scaredy Squirrel at Night!  Here are few of the other Scaredy Squirrel titles by Melanie Watt.

After reading a few more Scaredy Squirrel books, we made some predictions about Scaredy Squirrel and what Scaredy Squirrel might do next.

Melanie Watt has an awesome website dedicated to Scaredy Squirrel:
We looked at this site and viewed some of the short video clips, games and printables.  There is also a free Scaredy Squirrel App!!
I posted their work next to our GIANT Scaredy Squirrel.  I'm thinking he will stay on the wall all year...we might review with him again!

The students also went home with their own Scaredy Squirrel bookmark!
 We loved reviewing with Scaredy Squirrel!


  1. This is an awesome freebie find! Thanks for sharing it!
    Comprehension Connection

  2. I love Melanie Watt books, especially Scaredy Squirrel. He is such a great character. He starts off scared, but always ends up facing his fears and ending up okay. Thanks for all the wonderful freebies.

    @ Wiley Teaching

  3. Super fantastic ideas. Really fits well with my Growth Mindset teaching.