I begin the year with this wonderful story too.
It lends itself so much to making connections. I model how I can relate to exactly how Peter feels when Fudge__________(fill in the blank there are so many
because I had a little sister a lot like Fudge. Since the book is filled with common family situations, kids can relate well.
Then students share their connections throughout the book.
We track our thoughts on sticky notes and discuss how making these connections help us understand the story better.
Good readers make connections is our first strategy lesson.