In this humorous personal narrative, Terry gets into an uncomfortable situation when he is forced to ride to school with a smelly goat, but it leads him to a second chance when the goat eats his unfinished project on the day it is due. The Goat-Mobile comes from the Grade 2 Small-Group Resources kit but can be used by any students at a Level N instructional reading level.

Use this book to teach essential literacy skills and to prompt discussion about the SEL competency, making ethical choices. After reading, use the embedded Partner Talk and Going Solo activities to bridge reading and writing with a focus on using dialogue to show character.

Embedded skills instruction

  • Decoding
  • Word analysis
  • Descriptive language
  • Text structure
  • Text evidence
  • Ask and answer questions
  • Author’s purpose
  • Monitor and clarify
  • Make inferences
  • Problem/solution
  • Justify opinions
  • Central idea 
  • Make and confirm predictions
  • Visualize
  • Make connections
  • Compare/contrast
  • Characters
  • Senses
  • Humor
  • Dialogue
  • Idioms
  • Social-emotional learning

The ebook below shows the Take & Teach Book—a teaching version with text and visuals that exactly match the student version, plus built-in teaching panels that simplify planning and leave nothing to chance. 

To use the Take & Teach Book:

  1. Introduce the book to a small group. Discuss the cover illustration and title, and encourage students to make predictions.
  2. Use the PREVIEW/VIEW suggestions and the word analysis strategies on the inside front cover to support decoding, fluency, and understanding during the first reading.
  3. Revisit the book following the REVIEW suggestions on selected panels, which focus more deeply on specific text elements, comprehension strategies, and social-emotional learning.
  4. Use the WRITING REVIEW suggestions on selected panels to focus on the structure and features of a personal narrative.
  5. Have students complete the PARTNER TALK and GOING SOLO activities at the end of the book, which focus on dialogue and character

The downloadable Take & Teach Lesson includes additional support for English learners, decoding strategies, mini-lessons on text evidence, text structure, and social-emotional learning, as well as five follow-up activities that support a variety of literacy skills.

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