- labeling pictures
- list making
- plus/deltas (a way to evaluate the positives and negatives of a situation)
- numbered steps
- diagraming and plans (he has quiet the exotic exit plan in the event of an emergency!)
A fabulous critical challenge is to discuss being prepared in the event of an emergency. Scaredy has his emergency kit prepared with some very unique items. You can have students brainstorm what they would want in their kit - start with listing 5-7 items. Then have the students determine one thing they could give up and the 2 most important items to ensure they have. It is important to also have them set up important criteria - they have to be able to get the emergency kit quickly so weight and size are important factors. It is amazing to hear the discussions students have as a result of this critical challenge. Here is a resource from the publisher to get you started.
In the end, the kit is lost in of all things...a patch of poison ivy...a great opportunity for students to create a new story where Scaredy goes on a recon mission to get the kit back. Students can use the same techniques that Watt uses including lists, plans, steps and labels to stay true to the initial story line.
The vocabulary, humor and captivating story line make this book a fabulous book that will fly off the shelves into the hands of readers.