Folktale (fiction), 383 words, Level J (Grade 1), Lexile 510L
A friendly monkey finds herself in danger when she trusts a shark. Before she is eaten, she must find a way to outsmart the shark and return safely to her fruit tree. Colorful illustrations and an engaging story will keep readers interested in reading more in The Heart of a Monkey. This book can be used to teach students how to determine cause and effect and to recognize past-tense verbs in writing.
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Leveled Book Lesson
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Retell to understand text
Determine cause-and-effect relationships
Discriminate short vowel /i/ sound
Identify and use short vowel i
Grammar and Mechanics
Recognize past-tense verbs
Identify and use suffix -ed
Think, Collaborate, Discuss
Promote higher-order thinking for small groups or whole class
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