Age Range: 4-7 Topic/Themes: Sea, growing, hermit crabs, friendship, community
Vocabulary: Coral, debris, murky, dim
See book read aloud here: A House for Hermit Crab
Introduction (Prep Questions)
Use the cover and title to predict what the story is about.
What do we know about hermit crabs?
Briefly review the story with students, using the picture walk strategy.
Is the story fiction, a make-believe? Or, is the story nonfiction, true information that gives you facts to explain something? How do you know? If fiction, what happened in the story that could not happen in real life?
Who is the main character in the story?
Why do you think hermit crab is afraid to walk the ocean floors without a shell?
On the beginning pages, Hermit Crab asks each new sea creature if it would be willing to decorate his shell. Use context clues to define willing. Ask students something they would be willing to do; something they would not be willing to do.
Using the book to refer to, how long do you think it took hermit crab to grow out of his shell (using the months by flipping through the pages). Help students equate 12 months to 1 year.
Refer to page 27. Review what other sea animals share hermit crab’s home. Use page 27 to talk about additional information about these sea animals, paraphrasing.
After reading the story, read the information about hermit crabs Eric Carle provided on the dedication page. Using the surrounding text or context clues, ask the students what they think the word threatened means.