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TEACHER GUIDE



HOW WILL I EVER SLEEP IN THIS BED?


by Della Ross Ferreri

illustrated by Capucine Mazille
(Sterling Publishing, 2005)

 
One little boy feels a teeny bit intimidated by his enormous

'big-kid' bed.  Who better to help keep him company than his stuffed animal friends?  But once the bed is filled, will there be any room left for him?  
Capucine Mazille did a fabulous job with the illustrations.  You'll love keeping track of the adorable stuffed animals as they pile up page after page.









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Teacher Guide – Discussion Questions

HOW WILL I EVER SLEEP IN THIS BED? by Della Ross Ferreri Sterling Publishing 2005


Here are questions for whole class, small group or individuals. Pick and choose the questions that are most appropriate for your students.

Pre-reading/Prediction Skills

Show the class the cover. Read the title. Take a “picture walk” through the story by looking at the illustrations.

What do you think this book is about?

What time of day do you think the story takes place?

Look at the expression on the boy’s face. How do you think the boy feels?

Read the book to the class.

What is the child’s problem?

How does the child try to solve the problem?

What happens when he puts too many animals in the bed?

Do you remember some of the animals from the story?

What is your favorite part of the story? Why do you like it?

What is your favorite picture? Why do you like it?

Do you think the boy has a favorite stuffed animal? Why do you think so?

Do you have a favorite stuffed animal? favorite toy? doll? blanket?

How do you get ready for bed? Do you sleep with a stuffed animal? toy? doll? blanket?

What do you think will happen when the boy wakes up in the morning? What do you think he’ll do with all those animals on the floor?

What do you think the boy will do when he gets ready for bed the next time?

Do you remember the first time you started sleeping in a big bed? How did you feel?

Were you nervous? excited? scared? proud? A little of each?

Have you ever spent the night at someone else’s house and slept in a different bed?

How did you feel?

Have you ever spent the night at a hotel? Or have you ever slept in a tent?

How did you feel?


Teacher Guide - Extension Activities and Learning Centers

HOW WILL I EVER SLEEP IN THIS BED? by Della Ross Ferreri Sterling Publishing 2005

Logical/Mathematical


Invite children to bring in a stuffed animal. Brainstorm ways they could be sorted (ie) color, shape, size, etc. You could sort them by other physical characteristics such as tail or no tail?

2 legs, 4 legs, or 0 legs? To extend into science, you could discuss and sort by real-life habitat.

Ask children how many different animals they think were mentioned in the story. Then reread the book and count. This will become one long addition problem as the animals pile up page after page!

Establish a set space with tape on the floor to approximate a bed or other shape. You could also use a bench or tabletop. Estimate how many stuffed animals it will take to fill the space. Have children place animals in the designated space. Experiment with other shapes and sizes (ie) circles, triangles. Record your results.

Body/Kinesthetic


Play charades where a child acts out an animal and others try to guess what animal it is. Start with animals from HOW WILL I EVER SLEEP IN THIS BED? Then add other animals.

Visual/Spatial


Draw a picture of a simple bed and write under the picture: “How will child’s name ever sleep in this bed?” Make photocopies for the class. Have children find pictures of animals and toys from old magazines, catalogs, and toy store ads to cut out and glue on the bed. Have child write his/her name in the blank. Display.

Culminating Activity

Host a ‘Pajama Party’ where children wear pajamas to school and bring in a stuffed animal. Read ‘going to bed’ books such as:


The Berenstain Bears in the Dark  by Jan and Stan Berenstain

Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

How Will I Ever Sleep in This Bed? by Della Ross Ferreri

What! Granny Cried: An Almost Bedtime Story  by Kate Lum
Henry and Mudge and the Bedtime Thumps  (easy reader)  by Cynthia Rylant
Good Night, Good Knight (easy reader)  by Shelly Moore Thomas
Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber

How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night by Jane Yolen

Serve animal crackers for a snack. Play animal bingo and charades. Sing songs and finger plays such as “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” and “Ten Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed.”

Check out the web site for more information about the author and her books:
www.DellaRossFerreri.com

Teacher Guide - Story Starters

HOW WILL I EVER SLEEP IN THIS BED? by Della Ross Ferreri Sterling Publishing 2005



Pick and choose the writing prompts that are most appropriate for your instructional focus.

There’s Always a First Time


Do you remember the first time you slept in a ‘big’ bed?

Do you remember the first time you slept over at someone else’s house?

How about the first time you lost a tooth?

The first day of school?

Your first roller coaster ride?

You first swimming lesson?

Your first bike ride?

Write a story about doing something for the first time.

Try to include how you (or your character) feel? nervous? excited? scared? proud? A little of each?

Imagine!


Imagine your pets wanted to sleep in your bed. What might happen?
Or imagine that animals that normally live outdoors, such as grasshoppers, birds, squirrels wanted to sleep in your bed. What might happen?
Or what if you had a pet dinosaur who wanted to sleep in your bed. What might happen?

Wake Up! Wake Up! We Have To Go!


Pretend your favorite stuffed animal wakes you up in the middle of the night. He’s tapping you

on the shoulder saying, “Wake up! Wake up! We have to go_____________________!”

You finish the story. Where does the animal want to go? What’s the problem?

Can you and the animal solve the problem and get back before morning?

From Alligators to Zebras


Create an A-Z alphabet book using animals to represent each letter of the alphabet.

Children may use animals from the story as well as other animals.


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