Reading level: Ages 4-8
Pages: 40 pages
Publisher: Viking Juvenile (September 15, 2003)
Language: English
ISBN: 0670036234
Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 9.4 x 0.4 inches

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Okie-Dokie, Artichokie!

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Lesson Suggestion: Misunderstandings
In the book, Marklee doesnít like Artichoke because of a misunderstanding. Itís very easy for communication to get mixed up. Have your students line up in a row and whisper a message to one of them. Have the student whisper the message to the next student and so on. At the end of line, have the last student say what he/she thinks he/she has heard. How is it different from the original message? How easy is it for things to be misunderstood?

Lesson Suggestion: Neighbors
In the book, Marklee and Artichoke are neighbors. What is a neighbor? Why is it important that they get along? Ask the students who their neighbors are. What are their neighbors like? Draw a blank map of a road or apartment building and have the students draw in their neighborhood.

Lesson Suggestion: Animal Characters
In this book, Grace’s characters are animals. Marklee is a monkey and Artichoke is a giraffe. But they act like people. Ask the students why they think Grace used animal characters for this story. Ask them what their favorite books are that have animal characters. Have them write a story where animals act like “people.”