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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - Chapter 17 Reading Tips

Chapter 17 Reading Tips

Dorothy finally meets up with the Wizard, and he has an idea on how to leave Oz!

Welcome back, everyone! We are now reading Chapter 17 of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Last time, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion all visited the Wizard of Oz and got what they desired. In this chapter, it’s Dorothy’s turn!

Tip #1 - for Grown Ups!

Welcome back to Story Time with Port Discovery! In this chapter, Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz work together on making a hot air balloon for them both to leave Oz - but, the balloon ends up flying away without Dorothy in it.

For this chapter, talk with your child about suspense in stories. Dorothy’s whole journey in Oz has led up to this moment, but it backfired. What does that do to the story? What do you think she still has to accomplish in Oz? Do any of the other characters still need her?

Here’s the vocab for this chapter!

  • Desert

A very dry area of land that does not get much, if any, rain; some deserts are covered with sand, but Antarctica is also considered a desert!

  • Silk

A soft fiber that comes from silkworms, and is used to make thread and fabric

Tip #2 - for Kids!

Welcome back, friends! In this chapter, Oz and Dorothy work together to make their very own hot air balloon - and we’re going to make one, too!

With your grown up’s help, gather these materials:

  • 4 pieces of colorful paper, or white paper with markers
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Glue
  • Toilet paper roll

Step 1: Draw a hot air balloon shape on your paper. Once you have a size you like, trace it onto the other colors you have to make them as close to the same size as possible! Pro tip: you can use something round, like a candle or a mug, to trace for the top part of the balloon, and then draw two lines underneath it if you want an extra-round balloon

Wizard of Oz Activity - Step 1

Step 2: Cut out the shapes. These will be the sides of your hot air balloon. If using white paper, decorate the sides of your hot air balloon.

Step 3: Fold each side in half, hot-dog style (long ways, up and down). Glue or tape the pieces together, one by one, so that your balloon looks a little like this:

Wizard of Oz Activity - Step 2 Wizard of Oz Activity Step 2

Step 4: Cut a small piece off from your toilet paper roll for your balloon’s basket. You can decorate this part, too!

Wizard of Oz Activity - Step 3

Step 5: Cut two pieces of string. Attach one end to the inside of your basket, and the other end to a side of your balloon.

Wizard of Oz Activity - Step 4

Step 6: Cut one more piece of string and attach it to the very top of your balloon; if you can stick it inside the folds, even better! Hold it up and watch it spin! These are fun to hang by your window!

Wizard of Oz Activity - Final Product

Tip #3 - for Everyone!

Now that your hot air balloon is spinning happily, talk with your child about new stories you can tell about your hot air balloon that have suspense and unexpected endings. Start to tell a story with characters you make up, or characters you already know and love. What would happen if they were going to take a trip in a hot air balloon? When you reach an ending you like, pause and decide to change it. How can you make it suspenseful? What else can you add to the story by delaying the ending?



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