Introduce the book The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash. Point out that there are sometimes only a few words on the pages, so the child will have to pay close attention to the illustrations.
While reading the story, ask child what is happening and why each event occurred. For example: Why did the farmer crash into the haystack? Why were the pigs on the bus? Why were they eating the lunches? Is the book fiction or nonfiction? How do they know?
After reading the story, list some of the events in the story on a white board or piece of paper. For example: The children threw corn. The chicken got excited and laid an egg. The farmer's wife was screaming. Ask child what caused these events. (e.g., They ran out of eggs. Jimmy's boa scared the chickens. The boa was in the laundry.) Add these causes to the board or chart paper before the events.
Introduce the vocabulary term cause and effect. Explain that a cause is what makes something happen, and label the first column causes. Explain that each cause has an effect, or what happened, and label the second column effects.
Give the child a blank paper and have child fold it in half and label one side "cause" and the other side "effect." Ask the child to pick any event from the story and draw its cause and effect.
Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash Cause and Effect Flowchart
Students complete a flowchart with cause and effect from the story.
After you read The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash, put the event boxes in the order that they are told in the story. Click and drag the event boxes to the numbered positions in the snake.
Boa constrictor comprehension story with questions.
Students read a short nonfiction story about boa constrictors and answer several questions.
WritingWhy do you think the snake caused problems on the bus. Explain the reasons here in.My Writing Space.
Draw pieces of laundry and clothing, such as towels, tops, and dresses, on construction paper. Retell the story by writing on one side of the cut-outs.