One of the foundational texts for this week is, Little Tree by Loren Long. We listened to this story together on Zoom, but please listen to or read this story with your child again and ask them these questions:
Level 1: Recall
Why did Little Tree stay little when all of the other trees started to grow bigger?
Why did Little Tree finally decide to let go of his leaves?
What happened after Little Tree dropped his leaves?
Level 2: Skill/Concept
Why do you think Little Tree wanted to keep his leaves for so long?
Why do you think the animals in the forest tried to help Little Tree drop his leaves?
How do you think Little Tree felt about staying the same when all of the other trees were growing and changing?
Level 3: Strategic Thinking
If you were in the forest with Little Tree would you try to help him drop his leaves? Why or why not?
What do you think the other trees and the animals in the forest thought about Little Tree keeping his leaves and staying the same?
Level 4: Extended Thinking
If you were going to try to help Little Tree drop his leaves what would you do? Why?
Can you think of a time when the things around you were changing but you wanted them to stay the same? What did you do?
Tell a partner about a change that made you uncomfortable or a change that made you excited.
Things around us that change: Reflect with your child on the things they have experienced this week that change. Ask them to think of additional things that change. Chart their responses on paper.
Please see the “Transformation Unit” collection of books that I put together and assigned on epic!.