Continuing with my Fable Sets at 2 for $1, here are BELLING THE CAT and LITTLE RAT PLAYS A TRICK. Not only are the fables fun to read, students have a chance to use a READING STRATEGY to answer several questions, which are mostly fill in the blank. The strategy has students look back up to the story and use its context to locate the correct answers. In the first fable a mouse proposes to put a bell on a cat in order to hear the cat coming. An older, wiser mouse asks for volunteers to bell the cat. In the second fable, a little rat keeps calling out "Cat!" for the fun of it. Eventually the cat really appears. You might want your students to compare/contrast it to "The Boy Who Called Wolf," perhaps using Venn Diagrams. Both fables have lots of dialogue, so the correct usage of quotation marks can also be highlighted. These mini-lessons lend themselves to many learning opportunities, and all for just a dollar.