Ryan T. Higgins book Mother Bruce is a silly read that is entertaining for students. It is a great way to practice important reading strategies because students are so engaged in the amusing story. Bruce will quickly become a favorite character among students which is great because there is a whole series of Bruce books!. - Jodi and the Starts With a Story Team


 

SUMMARY

The story Mother Bruce is a about a grumpy bear who lives alone in the woods. Bruce is a picky eater, so he does NOT like anything except eggs.

One day, as he is trying out a new recipe, his breakfast suddenly hatches. Bruce becomes the victim of mistaken identity. Now he must figure out what to do with the tiny goslings that call him “Mama”.

USE THIS BOOK TO TEACH:

Here are some different ways you can use Mother Bruce in your own classroom.

  1. Practice inferencing skills with students after reading the book. 
  2. Have students retell the story and focus on the important events and details. 
  3. Engage students in writing by creating “How To Books.”
  4. Ask students to use descriptive writing to talk about events in the book. 
  5. Explore the various types of sentences found throughout the book.
  6. Introduce students to the many different uses of the comma. 
  7. Discuss problem solving and conflict resolution.
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NO-PREP PRINTABLE ACTIVITIES:

If you are looking for “ready to go” activities for the first day of school, be sure to check out the book companion. With it you’ll receive all of the following resources to align with this specific book:

  • comprehension questions
  • 30 writing prompts with themed paper
  • vocabulary activities
  • word study print & go activities
  • ideas for grammar lessons with focus sentence printables
  • social emotional learning discussion topics
  • graphic organizers to target specific comprehension skills and strategies

Our book companion for Mother Bruce comes with comprehension questions for five different reading strategies: making inferences, making predictions, summarizing, analyzing character, and exploring plot. We’ve brainstormed writing prompts to go with the story and selected the four best grammar skills the book lends itself to teaching. We believe that it is important to incorporate social emotional learning into read alouds so we have suggested two topics for discussion and given teachers discussion ideas. You’ll get all of this in the companion plus a variety of graphic organizers and student worksheets. 

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