Tips for "The Strange Case of Origami Yoda"
As You Read:
Encourage your child to keep a notepad next to him/her while reading so that they can take notes along the way. Let him/her make predictions about each case that Tommy documents and make their own decisions about how Origami Yoda is able to predict all of these things.
Extending the Story:
Tommy is attempting to collect information about the advice that Origami Yoda has been giving the different students in his class, essentially playing detective to determine how Origami Yoda is so wise. Help your child put on his/her detective hat and work on some pretty awesome detective activities like secret message-making and creating a periscope.
You can also make your very own Origami Yoda using the instructions made available on the book's official website.
Other Useful Tips
Before Your Child Begins Reading, Create a K-W-L Chart
Create a K-W-L Chart and have your child fill in the first two columns with information that s/he knows and wants to find out about the story. S/he can fill in the last column, "What I Learned", once s/he has finished the story.
What I Know
After reading the description on the back cover, discuss what your child already knows about the subject matter. Answer questions like "Who is the main character? Where does the story take place? What is the general premise?" Encourage him/her to describe what s/he sees on the cover that will tell him/her more about the story.
What I Want to Know
This section can be filled with questions that your child would like to have answered while reading the story.
After Reading, Consider Asking Your Child These Questions
- If you were to draw a picture of the story, what details would you include?
- What was the problem of the story? How was it solved?
- Which character did you identify with? Why?
- What questions did you have as you were reading?
- What do you think the author wanted you to learn from this story? Why do you think the author chose to end the story the way he/she did?
- What would you have done if you had been __________ during that part of the story?
- In your own words, what does _______ (insert vocabulary word) mean?
- Was ________ a good title for this story? Why?
- If you could change one thing in the story, what would it be? Why?