GRADE LEVELS: 2-4 (could be modified for younger ones)
For older grade levels, ask your students to brainstorm words that begin with "octo." What does the prefix "octo" mean? Stump them by asking why October is the 10th month instead of the 8th (and explain the answer). For younger students, show them some pictures of "octo" words (octopus, octagon, octogenarian, octave, octopod) and ask them what they think the objects in the pictures have eight of.
Octopus's Garden (Tracy Kompelien)Olive Octopus decides to appear on the television show, Wading Spaces, to have her gloomy cave redecorated. Alternating pages provide facts about octopuses.
|Octopus's Den (Deirdre Langeland) |
Octopus encounters danger as he returns to his den, finds it claimed by another of his kind, and ventures out to seek a new home.
Good Thing You're Not An Octopus (Julie Markes)A little boy finds that his life is pretty easy compared to how it might be.
|For older students, read aloud the first chapter of Attack of the Giant Octopus (Secrets of Dripping Fang, book 6, by Dan Greenburg). The Dripping Fang series is a milder (but still plenty gross) version of R.L. Stine's Goosebumps books. Reading just one chapter aloud will help generate interest for students who are not familiar with this popular series.|