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CHALLENGING WORDS

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foolish

jeered


perched

perfectly

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toppled

wobbled


wondered





SUMMARY





Duffle was a very small duck who is laughed at because of his size. He is told he can do nothing at all. When a duckling get stuck, Duffle rescues him and realizes being small has its advantages.

--- Conversation Questions---





(1)

Retell this story in your own words.

(Answer)

Any logical answer.

(Follow Up)

What was your favorite part?




(2)

Suppose you were small like Duffle. How would you feel?

(Answer)

Any logical answer.

(Follow Up)

Do you know anyone who is really small?




(3)

Recall a time when you were to small to do something.

(Answer)

Any logical answer.

(Follow Up)

How did you handle the problem of being to small?




(4)

Tell me what Duffle did when the ducks told him he was to small he could do nothing at all?

(Answer)

He tried to do everything.

(Follow Up)

Do you think he should have just gave up?




(5)

Define “useless”.

(Answer)

No good, worthless.


(Follow Up)

Do you think Duffle was useless?




(6)

Tell me why the other Ducks laughed at Duffle.

(Answer)

Because of his size.

(Follow Up)

Have you ever been laughed at?




(7)

Name the first thing Duffle tried.

(Answer)

Dive like a king fisher.

(Follow Up)

How did he land in the water?




(8)

Tell me the saying that all the ducks sang when Duffle failed?

(Answer)

A duck so small can do nothing at all.

(Follow Up)

Did Duffle give up on finding something he could do?




(9)

After he failed what did Duffle decide to do?


(Answer)

Hide in the bushes.

(Follow Up)

Was he beginning to believe what the ducks were saying?




(10)

In the end how did Duffle prove to himself and the ducks that he could do something?

(Answer)

He rescued a small duckling from a hole.

(Follow Up)

Why was Duffle able to rescue him.




Activities




1.

Draw a picture of Duffle and his pond with other ducks, birds, butterflies, etc. Label your drawings.




2.

Write another ending to the story.




3.

List some things that you can do even if you are small like Duffle.













Introduction




  1. Discuss being small. What are some things you can do if you are small. Say, “Today we will read about a duck who is made to believe he can do nothing.




  1. Show pictures of baby ducks. Talk about what they can do compared to other animals. Say, “Lets read about a duck who compares himself to others.”





Book Title: A Duck So Small


Author: A.H. Benjamin

Illustrator: Elizabeth Holstein

ISBN: 0-439-07036-8

# of Text Pages: 22 AR: N/A LEX: N/A

Building Oral Vocabulary


3

Kingfisher

8

Heron

13

rushes

Prediction Questions

2

What do you think he could do?

8

Will Duffle be able to balance on one leg?

18

Will Duffle get him out?



This resource is provided by THE LEARNING CORPS—Barren County Board of Education, an AmeriCorps project funded in part by the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service and the Corporation for National and Community Service.







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