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Little Blue Jackal

Title:  Little Blue Jackal

Author:  Niyaa educational apps

Description: A simple book in the form of an app. An Indian folk tale about a Jackal who gets into some trouble, and learns a valuable lesson.

Goals/objectives:

  • Why Questions
  • Perspective taking
  • Narrative/Retelling
  • Auditory Comprehension
  • Reading Body language

Why I like this book: Cute story with some interactive properties that keeps engagement, but not too many that take away from the story or experience itself.

Ideas for use:

  • Lots of inferential based and explicitly stated “why” questions to ask students (e.g. Why is the jackal running away? Why do the animals think the blue Jackal should be the king?
  • For home programming- have parents read the story (or have the story read to the student- both are options) and answer the provided comprehension questions under “parent-child activity.”
  • Tie to science/animal/jungle curriculum- There is a page of “7 hidden facts about animals.” Rich with vocabulary (e.g. migrate, pride, stag, etc.).
  • Use “thinking bubbles” (actually make, use a white board). The Jackal has unintentionally tricked the other jungle animals. A great example of “trickery” and with one animal thinking one thing, and the other animals thinking something different. The story even has 2 bird characters throughout the story that give their own ideas/perspective. Would be great to model (the birds talk) or have them think about the story from the birds’ perspective.
  • A good story to pair with Mindwingconcepts for students to retell. A story with multiple initiating events.
  • Have students read body language of the characters. Imitate, have them attempt! Why are they feeling that way? How can you tell?
  • The author provides a “moral” at the end of the fable. For older students see if they can come up with a “moral” of the story. The author suggests “how we look does not change who we really are,” however, there are a number of other lessons that can be learned from this story (i.e. the negative effect of lying).
  • Have older students generate their own fable based on a moral
  • Find this app on iTunes

Disclaimer: all4mychild was provided with a promotional code for this app

Submitted by: Meghan G. Graham M.S. CCC-SLP

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