In May, I love working on summer themed activities and sharing stories that get kiddos excited for summer break. Living in North Texas, we do not see the beach often, so I make it a habit to pull titles that offer exposure to a beach experience. There Might Be Lobsters by Carolyn Crimi and Laurel Molk is one of my favorite beach reads. Readers will be introduced to a fearful pup experiencing a sun filled day at the beach with her owner.
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On a bright and sunny day, Sukie and her owner head to the beach. The only problem is… Sukie is terrified that there MIGHT be lobsters! She can’t even enjoy her day because all she can think about are “what if” disasters and the possibility of lobsters. In an effort to avoid engaging in any beach related activities with her owner, Sukie decides to simply watch alongside her chunka monka toy. But when an ocean wave accidentally pulls in Sukie’s toy, Chunka Monka, she’s faced with the choice to overcome her fears and interact with the beach!
Themes: new experiences, friendship, overcoming fears, courage
This text is so packed full of learning opportunities and conversation starters for K-1 kiddos! Here are some topics and just a few of the matching support activities (below) included in the read aloud companion kit.
- Talking Worries, Nerves and Being Brave (Connecting)
- Discussing the Beach (Setting)
- Determine the Problem and Solution
- Sukie’s over Character, Character Change
Read Aloud Activities:
This activity is great for reviewing the setting by using the illustrations to consider how the beach looks, feels and sounds.
Dig into Sukie’s character using these questioning cards to get kiddos thinking about her behavior in the story. Students can reflect on one of the varied printables or foldable.
Retelling stories is my absolute favorite! Use these picture cards for a whole group activity or in a retelling center. Students can help sequence and determine the BME. The fun and easy to prep lobster craft allows the kiddos to have a little craft fun and sequence at their own pace.
Kiddos can make their very own Chunka Monka and attach a written response that pairs with the story. The writing craft will make an easy and fun display.
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