This activity can be done in any format--from whole-class to teacher read-aloud. There's an Owl in the Shower tells the story of a boy whose father loses his job as a logger due to the endangerment of the spotted owl. The boy initially goes into the woods to shoot the owls that cost his father his job, but upon finding a tiny, starving owlet, he decides to bring the bird home. The boy and his family must reconcile their frustration over their father losing his job and a love for the owls that caused it.
This novel is great for teaching young readers to make global connections. My students simultaneously research an endangered species of their choosing, and we examine conservation from both economic and environmental perspectives. It is a great opportunity to integrate science--specifically animals and their habitats--into language arts.
The questions in this activity also focus on the characters' thoughts, motivations, etc. and therefore provide great opportunities to practice making inferences.