Sunday, July 7, 2013

Mentor Text Linky 7.7.13

We are linking up with Collaboration Cuties for their Mentor Text Linky.  This week the theme is Language Arts.  It's always hard to narrow you choices down for this topic as we have so many favorite LA texts.

This week we chose a book called Lion's Lunch.  It is a great book that the kiddos usually love to listen to and/or read!

Look out, Sarah: If you can't impress the lion, he'll eat you for lunch! A quick-witted girl teaches the King of the Jungle a thing or two about good behavior.  Sarah is strolling through the jungle, singing a happy song, when Lion pounces. How dare she trespass on his turf? He is King of the Jungle--where nobody strolls and sings: They lumber and grunt, sprint and squeak, slither and harrumph! Lion makes an executive decision to eat the little girl for lunch. But Sarah thinks fast: True, she can't wallow like the hippo or wriggle like the snake, but she can draw. She paints a portrait of Lion. "I don't look that grumpy!" he protests. "Yes, you do!" all the animals chorus. Soon Sarah is the jungle's artist-in-residence!

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The kiddos favorite part of this book is when the girl illustrates Lion as a mean, grumpy, fierce looking character.  We all know that's how he's been acting but he is surprised and unhappy about how scary he looks.  He decides to not eat the little girl and asks her to come back to illustrate him again.  The kiddos love to see the change in this characters actions and behavior. The kiddos also happen to love all the animal actions (verbs) that are written on the pages.  Overall, this is a great book that I know your classroom would like to hear!

In first grade we work on how characters change from the beginning of the story to the end.  This activity works great for that.   The student will draw a "portrait" of the main character at the beginning of the book and at the end of the book.  It's helpful to remind the students to show great detail in the characters face to show how the character's feelings or actions have changed.  They can add labels  with words or phrases to help show this as well.  With the book, Lion's Lunch, this is very easy because the lion had a very mean scowl at the beginning but looked much more gentle / kind at the end. This freebie is left blank so you can use it with any character/book.  Enjoy!

Have a great week!


  1. This looks GREAT! I must get a copy--and thank you for the comparison/character change chart!

    Sarah @ Hoots N' Hollers

  2. I always forget to use the comparison venn diagram. I must use these next year with my students. They really a good way to get kids to show what they know in a visual way! Hope you had a great weekend!

  3. This is wonderful! This story looks too cute and I love that it can be used to easily introduce characters changing throughout a story...which happens so often! Your venn-diagram will be perfect to use for this story and many more! Thanks so much for sharing all this good stuff!

    Learning to the Core

    1. You're very welcome! Our kiddos love discussing characters. Especially in fun books like this!

  4. This looks like such a fun book. I will have to check it out! Thanks for sharing!

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  5. Awww what a cute book!!! I love this and can totally use it in 4th! How fun!!!

    Thanks for linking up!
    Collaboration Cuties

  6. Thanks for sharing this. It looks like a cute book.
    Antoinette :)

  7. Is this freebie still available? The link did not work.

  8. Hi Erica! Thanks for bringing this to our attention! We've updated this free sheet. You can grab it here!