This package includes the complete illustrated story, Loose Tooth Trouble, embedded in the PowerPoint presentation. 2 in one!
Immediately after the story, is a presentation titled, Becoming an Author.
The presentation is focused on encouraging and empowering children to write their words down, or 'Let Loose their Words!' (It goes through the steps of writing process, using Loose Tooth Trouble as an example.)
2/28/17 UPDATE: Just today I presented this to a class of 3rd graders in Illinois. As a former teacher, I can honestly say that I held their attention for approximately 25-30 minutes by first reading the book, and then briefly going through the presentation. As the author, it was easier to interject with random thoughts or applicable stories, so it may take less time than that for anyone else.
I did not go through the follow up questions, list of 9 possible activities or the word search puzzle. Those items would take additional time to complete, and can be adapted for the needs of the students or class.
Summary of the book:
Bobby has a loose tooth, and every time he wiggles it, it hurts.
Journey through this imaginative character’s day, as he receives some hilarious, outrageous, and comical suggestions, on how to remove his tooth, and end his loose tooth trouble!
This quirky, fun story, coupled with creative and hilarious illustrations, tackles a universal dilemma that all children are faced with during their childhood, and guides the reader to appreciate that sometimes the simplest solution is the best one.
1. A (digital) version of the story, Loose Tooth Trouble, written by Melissa Bixby and illustrated by Adam Barney.
2. (9) Activity suggestions
3. How good are your Listening Ears? - Follow up Questions/printable worksheet
4. Loose Tooth Trouble Word Search with Hidden Message printable
5. Information on how to schedule an author visit, write to the author, purchase hardcover/softcover versions of the book, and information about giveaways related to the book.
The following are examples of the activities included with this book.
Suggested Activities to use with this book:
1. Use the cover to discuss making predictions, read the story and follow up on the predictions.
2. Flip through the blank illustrations with the class. Brainstorm questions about the story as a class.
What do you want to find out by reading the story? Read, and follow up. Can we answer our
3. Before you read the story, use the blank illustrated pages, and have students write sentences
describing what is happening in the illustrations, in groups or individually. Read the real story
afterwards with the class to compare their story with Loose Tooth Trouble©. (*Helpful hint: Use a
projector to display the story to the class to help aid visual learners!)
4. Find Joey the Cat on each page! How many times does Joey the Cat appear throughout the story?
5. After reading the story to the class, have them reflect in their journal about the first time they had a
loose tooth. Have them share with a peer who can illustrate their partner’s story, or their own. Share
all the stories with the class and make a class book!
6. Discuss theme, and brainstorm themes for the story Loose Tooth Trouble©. (Examples: Sometimes
the easiest solution is the most simple, and Listen to your parents, because they are more than often
right about things!)
7. Use the follow up comprehension questions to test your students’ understanding of the story.
8. (MY FAVORITE!) Ask the Author – as a former teacher and librarian, I know how engaging it can be for
students to be able to ask the author questions about a book they have read. I would love to connect
with your classroom! Email me for more information to schedule a visit. If local, I would love to come
in person, but I also have the ability to Skype, FaceTime, and WeChat and WhatsApp.
9. Write a letter to the author! I would love to correspond with your students about this story, and read
their Loose Tooth Trouble© Tales. Email me for my mailing address please.