Mini Picturebook Lesson 15: Max the Brave by Ed Vere

Notes

SynopsisA story about Max, a kitten, who wants to be a mouse-catcher but needs to know what a mouse looks like first!
Lesson accessvia url-link or QR-Code
Equipment for childtablet, phone or laptop, internet connection, perhaps headphones
Materials dictionary (online or paper), craft materials
Language Skillslistening, vocabulary (verbs), speaking (read aloud)
Cross-curricular Linksscience, drama, art and design
Valuesdetermination, bravery, asking for accurate information
World Event DayInternational Cat Day

LET’S START

  • Equipment: dictionary (online or paper), tablet or laptop & internet connection and perhaps headphones
  • Materials: paper, coloured pens and pencils, a scarf or cape
  • Time: 20-30 minutes

Step 1: Look at the Cover

LookMax is a cat. What other creatures can you see? 
LookWhat is Max wearing? Why do you think he is wearing a cape? 
Look and checkLook at the title. Look up the meaning of ‘brave’. How do you say brave
in your language? Are you brave?
ResearchWhat are baby cats called?
ResearchWhat do cats like to chase?
LookDescribe Max’s body language and facial expression.
Check & RepeatLook up the meaning of the action verbs: to scurry by, to dash outside,
to scoot by and to skitter by. Say the words quickly and slowly and invent
actions to go with them.
Predict Why do you think Max is brave? What do you think Max chases in this story?

Step 2 and Step 3: Listen and Watch

Part AListen and watch for general understanding and enjoyment.
Part BListen and watch again and answer the questions, pause and replay when you need to.
What words are used to describe Max?
 What two things does Max have around his neck? Which one does
he prefer?
 What does Max need to do? 
 Where does Max look for a mouse first? 
 Which creatures does he meet while looking for mouse? Do they help Max?
 What sound does the elephant make?
Which creature  says it is a monster but is not? Why does it do this? 
 Is Max surprised when he finds what he is looking for? Why? 
 What does Max  say to the monster? 
 What does Max  want to do with the monster? 
 What does the monster do with Max? 
 Why does the monster sneeze? 
 What does Max decide to change?

Step 4: Add your Voice

Review & Make NotesWhich creature says: scurry by, dash outside, scoot by and skitter by?
Review & Repeat with Ed“Excuse me, please, but are you Mouse?” 
“I’m not Mouse, I’m ________.” 
“But I just saw Mouse ____________.” 
 ThinkDoes Max get any help from the animals? Does their advice help? Why?
Why not? 
CopyRecreate the cover. Stand in the middle of your room. Find a cape (or similar) and copy Max’s body language and facial expression. How do you feel? 
PersonaliseMax did not like the pink ribbon. Why? How do you think it made him feel? Do you have any clothes you don’t like? Why?  
ResearchAre elephants afraid of mice? What about fish or flies? Are they afraid of mice? 
CreateDraw a new friend for Max. 
Create & WriteWrite a description of his new friend, hobbies, likes and dislikes.  
ThinkWhat do you think is the message of this story?
Your opinionWhich is your favourite part of the story? 

Step 5: Share and Evaluate your work

ShareSend your work to your teacher or share in your virtual classroom.
EvaluateComplete the evaluation sheet to reflect on your learning.
Need Help ? Part A: Read and complete. You can write or say your answers. You can do this on your own, in pairs or in a class discussion.
Part B: Think about how well you did. Choose and draw the smiley face that fits best.

Teacher Notes

Want more?

Learn to draw Max the Brave with Ed Vere.

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©Ellis, G. & Gruenbaum, T. for PEPELT 2020

Max the Brave by Ed Vere, published by Puffin 2015

Video ©BookTrust

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