Lulu and the Brontosaurus is an amazing read aloud book. We loved every moment of it! It's basically about a selfish, greedy little girl who wants a brontosaurus for her birthday. Her parents say no and she goes off on an adventure to find one for herself. There's a twist in the plot that I'm not going to reveal as well as several different endings students can explore.
From this poster, we also filled out a character response form in our interactive notebook. I didn't get a photo of it, but the basic gist of it is:
- Describe the character
- What is the major events in the story
- How does the character respond to the event
I helped students do this with sentence frames, like:
- Lulu is __________.
- The _________________ decided to make Lulu his ___________.
- Lulu is not ____________. She is ______________.
We glued the character response form on the left hand page of our interactive notebook and on the right hand side, put the three pieces together, again using a sentence frame:
- At the beginning of the story, Lulu was ________________. Because the ______________ decided to _______________, Lulu is not ___________ anymore. She is ______________.
My higher students could add more detail, but for my low kiddos, having the scaffolded sentence frames really helps them put together the character, the event, and how the event changes the character.
Lulu and the Brontosaurus is a very easy story that lends itself well to character response. There's two main characters and Lulu makes such a dramatic change in the story.
I'm on the search for more good easy chapter books to read aloud to my students. We haven't done enough work this year on read alouds for enjoyment. Do you have any suggestions?