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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - Chapter Eight Reading Tips

Chapter Eight Reading Tips

A friendly bird comes to save the day! But, another danger leaves us on a cliffhanger…!

Welcome back to Story Time with Port Discovery! Last week, Dorothy and her friends put their heads together to escape the forest. This week, there are even more problems for them to solve…

Tip #1 is for Grown Ups!

In Chapter 8, Baum explores the characters making some difficult decisions, two involving leaving one of the characters behind to save the rest of them. While we see the Scarecrow saved in this chapter, we are left with a cliffhanger - the Cowardly Lion has been left behind, with the Scarecrow and Tin Woodman trying to save Dorothy and Toto.

This week, talk with your child about decision-making. Sometimes, there’s no right answer, but we have to try our best to help when we can. Help your child make a pros and cons list about what happened in the story. For example, with the Scarecrow getting stuck in the water, what would be the pros of turning around? How about the cons? With the Lion, what would be the pros of stopping everything and figuring out how to help him before getting Dorothy out of the flowers? What are the cons? Ask them what they would do if they were the Tin Woodman, who has to help make these decisions.

Here’s the vocab for the chapter!

  • Current

A body of water moving in one direction, within a larger body of water such as a river or ocean

  • Stork

A tall bird that wades in water

  • Poppies

A bright red flower.

Tip #2 is for Kids!

In this chapter, Dorothy and her friends are having a very adventurous day! They have to make some tough decisions to get out of their situations.

Your activity challenge for this week is part art, part make-believe!

Step 1: Grab some paper and crayons or markers, and draw a desert island! A desert island doesn’t have everything you need on it - no computers or books! Draw what you think your island would look like!

Step 2: Make a list of what you would need to bring to the island!

Step 3: Take three things off your list. Oh no! What do you think you would absolutely need? What do you think you could live without?

Tip #3 is for Everyone!

After the desert island project is finished, talk with your child about how they came to their decisions. If they’re having trouble, look at everything on their list. What do they need to use every single day? Are they trying to pack something they don’t actually use much at home?


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