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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - Chapter Ten Reading Tips

Chapter Ten Reading Tips


Dorothy and her friends FINALLY reach the Emerald City!

Welcome back to Story Time with Port Discovery! In Chapter 9, Dorothy and her friends finally escaped the dangers of the forest. In Chapter 10, they’ll continue on their journey, and after receiving help from one more family, they arrive at the gates of the Emerald City!

Tip #1 - for Grown Ups!

In Chapter 10, Dorothy and her friends are greeted at the gates of the Emerald City by a friendly gatekeeper. They are all thrilled to have finally arrived after their long journey!

For this chapter, talk with your child about travel! Where are they excited to go? This can be a fun conversation while we are all at home during this time. This can turn into a great way to have an impromptu geography lesson - pull out a map or a globe, and point out places you have been. Then ask your child where they would like to go and make a list. Ask them if there are any places on the map they don’t recognize. For younger children, this is a great way to introduce the names of the continents, and talk about where different animals live!

Here’s the vocab for Chapter Ten!

  • Brownie

A mythological creature similar to an elf

  • Spectacles

Synonym for glasses

Tip #2 - for Kids!

Wow - Dorothy has traveled a long way and has finally gotten to the Emerald City! Mr. Baum doesn’t give us much description of what the city looks like - we know that it is green and shiny and fancy. But what about the other buildings besides the Wizard’s?

This week, draw what you think the Emerald City looks like! What kinds of buildings would it have? How would it look similar or different to your city? Finally, where in the world do you think the Emerald City is hiding?

Tip #3 - for Everyone!

Putting together a map of the world and drawings of the Emerald City, talk about other cities in the world! Are there any features in your child’s drawing of the Emerald City that are particularly interesting - for example, a seaside castle? See if you can find other world cities that have seaside castles! This is a fun way to compare and contrast our imaginations with what already exists in the world. You might just add more places to visit to your list!


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