can't_catch_me.png ... by John & Ann Hassett
............book level 3.2 (AR)
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In this frosty spoof of the tale of the gingerbread boy, a mother makes her thirsty boy an ice cube for his lemonade.
The ice cube escapes from the freezer and runs out the kitchen door. He has big plans--he wants to grow as big as an iceberg so he can bump into boats.
"Can't catch me--I'm off to the sea," the ice cube says to the boy, an ant, a mouse, a cat, a goose, a man, and a dog as he leads his pursuers on a merry chase to the sea.
In the end, the ice cube finds that just desserts are not always sweet. And a thirsty boy discovers that mothers really do know best.
(book summary from book jacket)

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Teaching points from this book:
  • adjectives (hot and sticky day; thirsty boy...........)
  • past-tense verbs
  • possessives (boy['s lemonade...................)
  • culture (the boy 'promises' but crosses his fingers--p.6-7)
  • antonyms (opposites)
  • synonyms (fetch/get; chill/cool wee/tiny, belly/stomach.........................)
  • alphabetical order
  • sequencing
  • contractions (I'm, can't....................)
  • compound words (iceberg, into, mousetrap, newspapers..............................)
  • dialog
  • punctuation
  • tier 2 vocabulary: (soothe, chill, 'hot pursuit', flavors..............................)
  • tier 1 vocabulary for ELLs: (tray, lemonade, freezer, promise, ice cube, kitchen, swallow.........)
  • plurals--regular; irregular (goose/geese.....)
  • similes/metaphors (as big as an iceberg)
  • etc.

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Teacher-Made Resources/Materials to use with this book...
vocabulary ppt: click to advance

vocabulary ppt: 2-second automatic advance

vocabulary ppt: 1-second automatic advance

word list (alphabetical list of all words in text)

word study