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A Dragon's Fire: From A to Z
- Not Your Typical Dragon by Dan Bar-el
- Alphabet Organizer
- Crayons or colored pencils to draw pictures of the items
- Familiarize yourself with the interactive Alphabet Organizer tool. Think about how much help the child will need using the tool to create alphabet pages and charts. Consider practicing letter sounds by using the first letters in the names of people in your family.
- Read together aloud the picture book Not Your Typical Dragon.
Find Not Your Typical Dragon at your local library or online at www.wegivebooks.org. Create a free account by clicking “Join” at the top of the homepage. Once logged in, click “Read” in the top header and then search for the title you’d like to read online.
- Work with the child to create a list of all the items Crispin Blaze breathes instead of fire. (There are eight items, and the first one is whipped cream.)
- Open the Alphabet Organizer. The tool will ask for the child’s name and a title for the alphabet chart. Choose Option 2 for the alphabet chart with more than one word per letter.
- Using the list you created together, ask the child to choose the letter for the first item on your list. (If the item is “whipped cream,” the child should choose “W.”) Let the child work as independently as possible. The tool will check that each word begins with the chosen letter. Continue until all eight objects from the book have been entered into the organizer.
- When finished, have the child choose the print icon and select the option for alphabet letter pages.
- The printout should include five letter pages. (There are eight objects, but three start with “B” and two with “W.”) Suggest that the child use crayons or colored pencils to draw the objects named on each page.
- Crispin breathes out objects that relate to different situations in the book. For instance, at the doctor’s office, he breathes bandages. Go through the story again and come up with alternate objects. Instead of bandages, Crispin could breathe stethoscopes or tongue depressors.
- Take the A to Z challenge! Can you and the child come up with an object for every letter in the alphabet? Use the Alphabet Organizer to come up with 26 items. Choose the alphabet chart instead of the alphabet pages.
- Take this idea on the road: When you and the child are driving in the car, imagine a variety of situations that Crispin might find himself in. What objects would Crispin breathe if he was at the movies or getting ready for the first day of school?