Dragons Love Tacos

Learning Tips for "Dragons Love Tacos"

As you read:

  • This book is wonderful for doing dramatic readings. When the dragons breathe fire, act out the scene with your kids. This type of kinsethetic reading helps them to remember the book well, and even to memorize some of the lines from the book.

After reading:

  • Have a taco party! As you plan your dinner menu for the upcoming week, let your child know that you'll be having a taco party. Make a list of ingredients to include, encouraging your child to either write up the grocery list (tracing letters, cutting out pictures) beforehand. Be sure to bring any dragon stuffed animals or drawings, and definitely the book, to join you for the party. And if you don't have the time for an at-home taco party, consider having your child make invitations for a dinner out at your favorite spot for tacos. In any case, be sure to include writing activities to accompany your party.


Other Useful Tips

Before You Begin Reading, Preview the Story and Discuss

Take a moment to explore the cover and illustrations and give your child a chance to make observations and predictions before beginning the read-through. Throughout this guide, there are several questions and prompts that you can use as you read, so feel free to spread them out across multiple readings. Use prompts and questions like:

  • What is happening on the cover?

  • What do you think the story will be about based on the title and the cover?

  • {Flip to an illustration} What do you think is happening in this picture?


As You Read, Explore New Vocabulary

Whether you're reading the story or your child is reading it him/herself, take time to stop whenever s/he comes across a new word. Read the word slowly several times as you underline the word with your finger. Then, ask your child what s/he thinks the word might mean. Instruct him/her to use the words and illustrations surrounding it to try and glean the meaning. Work together to discover the word's meaning, and then try to integrate it into your daily conversation to help reinforce these new vocabulary words. 


After Reading, Make Connections

To ensure comprehension, ask your child about what happened in the book. Who were the main characters, and where were the primary settings? What happened and why did those things happen in the story? Ask your child the following questions to further explore his/her understanding of the book:

  • Did you like that story? What was your favorite part? Why?

  • What lesson do you think the main character(s) learned?

  • What does {vocabulary word} mean?

  • {Discuss alternatives to the storyline} What would have happened if...?

  • I wonder why...