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Active Reading Using The Enormous Watermelon

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Active Reading Using The Enormous Watermelon

Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 20- to 30-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Sue Ornstein

Chappaqua, New York


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology





  • The Enormous Watermelon retold by Brenda Parkes and Judith Smith (Mimosa Publications, 1997)—one copy of the Big Book and several small copies

  • Five large (18" x 24") pieces of chart paper

  • Thirty 3 x 5 index cards


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1. Create a chart of each of the following nursery rhymes:

Humpty Dumpty

Jack and Jill

Little Miss Muffet

Old Mother Hubbard

Wee Willie Winkie

2. Write the following words on 3 x 5 index cards:

big but could day home
in it little not one
said she the was went

Write each word on two separate index cards for a total of 30 cards.

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