Alright, teachers! This book is for you!
Stuck, by Oliver Jeffers, is a hysterical story that will be perfect for teaching sequence and text structure! Goodbye using the classic series, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, over and over and hello to the new fresh book, Stuck!
In Stuck, you meet young, Floyd. Floyd has a big problem. He was playing with his favorite kite, and it got “stuck” in a tall tree!
Naturally, Floyd decides it is up to him to get his beloved kite back. So off he goes, to fetch other items to help get his kite down from the tree.
First, he throws up his shoe, but it gets stuck next to his kite. Next, Floyd throws his other shoe, and that also gets stuck.
Then, a cat… a ladder.. a boat… a whale… and the fire departments!
Things just get crazier and crazier the more Floyd tries to throw things up to save his beloved kite. Will Floyd ever get his kite back, or will the entire neighborhood be at risk to be thrown up in the tree next?
If I were utilizing this text to teach sequencing, I would absolutely push my students to dig into the events of the text. Oliver Jeffers creates a complex timeline of items that are thrown in the tree by Floyd, and each item has a direct relationship to a different item that was a victim of Floyd’s throwing tyrant.
First, I would read the book to my class, and then challenge my students to recreate the timeline on their own without utilizing the text at first.
From there, we would dig into revisiting to book to come up with an accurate timeline of the sequence of the book and the text evidence as to why Floyd chose this item to be thrown in the tree (Yes, I would absolutely hit on teaching Cause and Effect Text Structure and Citing Text Evidence too!!!)
For an extension activity, I would push my students to come up with writing their own predictions as to Floyd’s possible next steps that may take place after the story (Generating Predictions Reading Standard) The author alludes to this idea when he mentions that Floyd has remembered that he may have forgotten about something.
In addition, the author also alludes that a forgotten firefighter has an idea on how they can get unstuck from the tree. I think the students would adore writing about what would happen next from either Floyd’s the major character’s, point of view, or a firefighter, the minor character’s, point of view (Point of View Reading Standard)!
So check it!
Off the top of my head, I know that you can utilize this one book to hit on at least five Common Core Reading Standards! With that kind of bang for your buck, how could you not own it?!?!!