The Horned Toad Prince Compiled by Terry Sams PES& Latonia Wolfe DES By Jackie Mims Hopkins Illustrated by Michael Austin
Study Skills • Genre: Modern Fairy Tale • Comprehension Skill: Author’s purpose • Comprehension Strategy: Story Structure • Comprehension Review Skill: Sequence • Vocabulary: Context clues
Genre: Modern Fairy Tales • In modern fairy tales the characters and events are magical. • Modern fairy tales are set in modern or present day times . • Modern fairy tales are similar to regular fairy tales but are set in the present.
Summary On the windy prairies of the Southwest, Reba Jo meets a horned toad who makes a deal with her. When Reba Jo doesn’t hold up to her end of the bargain, the horned toad is offended and asks for a simple kiss. That kiss unlocks a magical spell and the ugly toad becomes a prince!
Comprehension Skill • Author’s Purpose is the author’s reason or reasons for writing this story. • Authors don’t usually tell you this. You have to figure the reasons out. • It might be to inform or teach, to entertain, to express their feelings, and to persuade or convince you.
Comprehension Review Skill Sequence • Sequenceis the order of the events that occur in a story. • You can determine the order of events by clue words such asfirstandnext, in the beginning, then, following, after,andfinally. • Some story events may occur at the same time. • Other clue words to indicate sequence might be in the beginning, then, following, after, andfinally. • Other story events, such as flashbacks, are told out of order.
Vocabulary Skill –Context Clues • When you see unfamiliar words, use context clues, or words around the unfamiliar word, to figure out its meaning. • The context may give a definition or an explanation. • Example: Animals that eat other animals are called predators • Sometimes a synonym is used as a context clue. • Example: Komodo dragons are carnivores, or meat-eaters.
Let’s Practice Context CluesTE page 111c has a great T-chart activity to try.
Research/Study Skill –illustration/caption/label • An illustration can be a photograph, drawing, or diagram. • A caption is the text that tells about the illustration. It is usually found below or next to the illustration. • A label is a word or phrase that names part of the illustration.
Research/Study Skill –illustration/caption/label • What is the purpose of an illustration? • How does and illustration help you better understand the text? • How do the captions or labels help you understand the illustrations?
Question of the Week • What is unique about the landscape of the Southwest?
Day 2-Question of the Day • In what ways is the Southwestern setting important to The Horned Toad Prince?
Day 3-Question of the Day – • What important lesson did Prince Maximillian teach Reba Jo?
Day 4-Question of the Day - • How is the horned lizard suited to life in the Sonoran desert?
Vocabulary - Say It • bargain • favor • lassoed • offended • prairie • riverbed
More Words to Know • frontier • rodeo • sassy • twang • corral • suspiciously
Weekly Fluency Check -Volume of Voice TE 111a • You will need to match your voice volume to the size of the room or group you are reading to. • Go to page 99 and let’s reread like a toad using a small voice when he speaks and increase our volume when we cries out .
Literary Device –Dialect TE Pg. 111b • Dialect helps readers gain a sense of how characters from a particular group or region speak. Dialect differs from the standard English in pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar. • Look at the word “howdy” on page 100 paragraph 3. What do you think it means? • What region do you think the father’s dialect is from? • Let’s list as many different greetings of different dialects as we can.
Review Questions • How can you tell the setting of this story is a desert? • What does “a peck of trouble” mean in this story? • Why does the author describe how Reba Jo spent her time? • What is the most important thing Reba Jo learns?
Review Questions • Why did the author write this story? • Why does Reba Jo do 3 favors for the toad? • Why does she want to stay near the riverbed at the beginning of the story?
Fun Stuff • More on The Toad and the Prince • Web Quest • Quiz - Online • More Information • Vocabulary Quiz
bargain An agreement to trade or exchange: deal
favor act of kindness
lassoed roped; caught with a long rope with a loop on the end
offended hurt the feelings of someone: made angry
prairie large area of level or rolling land with grass but few or no trees
riverbed channel in which a river flows or used to flow
shrieked made a loud, sharp, shrill sound
sassy rude; lively; spirited
twang to make a sharp, ringing, sound
suspiciously without trust, doubtfully
corral pen for horses, cattle, and so on
frontier the farthest part of a settled country, where the wilds begin
rodeo a contest or exhibition of skill in roping cattle, riding horses and bulls, and so on