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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - Chapter 12 Reading Tips

Chapter 12 Reading Tips

Dorothy meets the Wicked Witch of the West - and lots of big things happen!

Welcome back! We last left Dorothy and her friends given a very difficult task by the Wizard of Oz, and until they complete it, they can’t come back and receive what they want. In this chapter, we’re going to find out what happens when the group of friends finally does meet the witch!

Tip #1 - for Grown Ups!

Out of all the dangerous situations the group of friends has found themselves in, this so far is the most dangerous, and can be scary to listen to. For this chapter, talk to your child about showing courage! When things are scary, how can we show courage? We can look at our strengths and decide how we can help a situation. Maybe your child is afraid of swimming without floaties in the summertime. How can you talk about it with the characters in the Wizard of Oz? The Scarecrow was nervous about the crows for his friends, but knew he had the experience and the strength to overcome his nervousness and fear to protect them. If you have experience swimming with your floaties, and know your friends and family will be there to help, taking them off won’t be so bad!

Here’s the vocab for the chapter!

  • Untilled

Describing land that is not worked for crops

  • Gnash

To grind, usually grinding your teeth

  • Stout

Strong and thick

Tip #2 - for Kids!

In this chapter, Dorothy and her friends have quite an adventure! Each one shows a lot of bravery against something scary.

For this chapter’s activity, find some cardboard and make yourself a magic shield!

Step 1: With a grown up’s help, find some cardboard and draw the outline of your shield. It can be whatever shape you want!

Step 2: Once you have your shape, find a grown up and ask them to cut it out for you. Make sure you have help with this! Also ask them to cut out a thin rectangle for you to be a handle for the shield. Attach the handle to the back of your shield.

Step 3: Decorate your shield with whatever you have! You can use markers, glitter, stickers - whatever you decide! What powers does your shield have?

Tip #3 - for Everyone!

After you make your shield, use dramatic play to act out a scenario in which your child is protected from something they are afraid of. This is an especially good exercise for a child to do with a trusted grown-up! If they are afraid of crossing the street, talk about all the steps, and act it out. Let them have their magic shield, hold their other hand, and tell them that they have the strength and courage to be safe!



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