This is a lit log for Fergus and Zeke (a delightful, short chapter book by Kate Messner) about a classroom pet mouse who sneaks along on a field trip to a museum. The colorful and expressive illustrations by Heather Ross help readers understand the characters, setting, and events.
The lit log can be used as a guide for a read aloud (for younger students especially when going on a field trip) or for direct reading instruction (guided reading, close reading, novel study, literature circle).
The main focus skills of the lit log are: use phonics/word analysis skills in decoding words (compound words, words ending in -ing, words ending in -ed, and contractions); use context for word recognition/understanding; ask/answer questions about key details; describe characters/events; describe how words/phrases supply rhythm/meaning; and use illustrations to understand text. Other skills are: recount stories/central message and describe structure (beginning/ending) of story.
Reading Level of Text: 2nd grade (Guided Reading Level L)
Interest Level of Text: kindergarten-4th grade