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Reading Book and Activity | The Tortoise and the Hare

The current virtual school situation for my Kindergartner is a new thing for me. I’m finding that as I navigate this unknown amount of screen time, I’m trying to fit in as many story times, crafts & activities, exercise time and social time for my five year old daughter that I can.

My personal creative time has turned into “Mommy Teacher” prep time instead. Since I am a creative person, I thought taking a classic story, like The Tortoise and the Hare, and adding talking points and questions, with a crafty activity, would be fun!

I have a mixture of self-taught and learned skills to make a decent picture book (with clip art) just like my preschool teacher Grandma Jeanie used to do. She also loved turtles, so you can imagine as I’m making this particular picture book, I thought about her a lot, and if she were alive today, she would probably tell me that even though these are difficult times, I am ‘a good mother and keep doing what you’re doing for the kids.’

Parents are making hard decisions during this time and stepping it up with K-12 schooling alongside their children!

I hope that you would like to share this classic story with your child, please click for the free download and you’ll instantly get a (PDF) version. [The questions and activity page are geared for preK-3rd grade, but could always be altered for use at any age.]

The Tortoise and the Hare for immediate download!

Save paper by downloading the PDF book on a tablet, and only print the final pages: Cut & Color [pg. 17] and Activity Page [pg. 18].

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Read the Feedback

Here’s the feedback I received on my Character Sketch assignment.

K’s review:

Which method of character creation was being used? 
A mixture, mostly physical description. 

Were you able to see the character clearly? Did you want to know more about the character? 
Yes, I could see the male teacher clearly. The final paragraph helped give a warmth of connection I wasn’t able to feel in the initial paragraph descriptions. 

What approaches to portrayal, such as depicting appearance, occupation, voice, and so forth, did the writer successfully use? 
The teacher seemed stereotypical nerdy yet the student respected him. Would a nerdy teacher look the way a nerdy student would? Why does the student like this teacher – hard to know this until the last paragraph. I appreciated the pacing of the sentences. Very readable flow.

B’s review:

Which method of character creation was being used? 
The method of character creation is biographical method. 

Were you able to see the character clearly? Did you want to know more about the character? 
I am able to see the character clearly. I do not want to know more about the character because I am not sure who the story is about. Is it about the developing relationship between the student and the teacher? Add some more detail about the story. You should give the story a plot. 

What approaches to portrayal, such as depicting appearance, occupation, voice, and so forth, did the writer successfully use? 
The approaches the writer used was current circumstance, voice, attitudes and occupation. Does she submit something to the high school literacy journal?

Read it again HERE.