This unit is designed to enhance elementary reading comprehension skills such as identifying story elements, ordering events, noting similarities and differences, identifying character traits and making inferences. New vocabulary words are presented in context and predictions are made before reading each chapter.
The Littles are a family of mouse sized people who live inside the walls of a home owned by the Bigg family. The food they eat and all the rest of their supplies are provided by the Biggs, although the Biggs don't know it. Their biggest challenge is trying to steer clear of the marauding mice that also inhabit the house and the cat that will eat anything - or anyone - that's mouse sized. How the Littles are able to dispose of the mice while placating the cat constitutes the plot of this beginning fantasy chapter book.
Each chapter is accompanied by a one or two-page worksheet that first presents new vocabulary words and asks students to define and/or categorize them into phonetic or contextual groups. Questions that require written answers in complete sentence form follow. The worksheet concludes by asking the reader to use what has already happened to predict what will happen in the next chapter.
Three additional activities follow that are meant to be completed when the student has read the whole book. The first is a story map. The second is a two page activity in which the reader must compare and contrast pairs of characters. Finally the student must return to the text to identify which character said what. Answer keys follow.
I hope your students enjoy reading The Littles by John Peterson, the first in a series of books starring this pint sized family. I hope you enjoy making use of this literature unit!