Mini Picturebook Lesson 19: I Am A Tiger by Karl Newson & Ross Collins

Notes

SynopsisA mouse declares “I am a tiger” and manages to convince other creatures not only that this is true, but that they are not what they think they are.
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
Valuesidentity, creativity, being confident, true or false
World Event DayInternational Tiger Day

LET’S START

  • Equipment: dictionary (online or paper), tablet or laptop & internet connection and perhaps headphones
  • Materials for your Handprint-Animal: paper, coloured pens and pencils, paint
  • Time: 20-30 minutes

Step 1: Look at the Cover

I am a Tiger: Amazon.co.uk: Karl Newson, Ross Collins: Books
Look What can you see on the cover? Describe the mouse: size, colour, body language
Read & ThinkRead the title. Which body part of a tiger can you see? Who do you think is saying ‘I am a Tiger?’ Why?
ResearchFind five differences between tigers and mice – their size, their colour, their fur, things they can do, the noise they make, what they eat.
PredictWhat do you think is going to happen in this story? 
Check Look up the meaning of these adjectives: twitchy, fury, stripy, pointy.

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.
Why does the racoon say the mouse is not a tiger? 
 Does the mouse agree? What does it say? 
 Why does the fox think mouse is not a tiger? 
 Does the mouse agree? What does it say?
 Why does the snake think mouse is not a tiger?
 Does the mouse agree? What does it say? Can the mouse really do it? 
What does the mouse tell the tiger?
 What does the mouse do to convince the tiger that the tiger is wrong? 
How does the tiger feel? Look at his facial expressions.
 What does the mouse think that the racoon, the fox, the snake and the bird
really are? How do they feel? Look at their facial expressions.
 Why does the mouse think it is not a tiger anymore? 
 What does the mouse think it is now? 

Step 4: Add your Voice

Review & Join inWatch the story again and join in when Karl and Ross make the ‘Grrrr’ sound
and say: I am a Tiger. Make sure you say it with a strong voice, full of confidence. 
Review & CreateRemember the animals mouse meets and what it says they are. Choose
three more animals and say what the mouse thinks they are. Here is an example for a zebra: Black, white and stripy … This is a newspaper. 
ThinkWhy does the mouse think the bird is a lollipop or the snake is a banana?
PersonaliseHave you ever seen something and thought it was something else? What was it?
ThinkWhy do you think the mouse believes he is a tiger or a crocodile? 
PersonaliseHave you ever believed you are somebody or something else? Why?
How did that make you feel? 
ThinkWhat do you think is the message of this story?
Your opinionWhich is your favourite part of the story? Why?

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?

Choose the animal you want to make with your handprint. You can use paint or coloured pencils. Handprint Animals

THE END

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

I Am A Tiger by Karl Newson and Ross Collins, published by Mcmillan Children’s Books 2019

Video ©BookTrust

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