Teacher Instructions & Lesson Resources:
Step one (sharing the published model): Because a Little Bug went Ka-Choo!, written by Rosetta Stone (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss), is a terrific circular story that starts with a small action that leads to an enormous reaction. A small bug sneezes, causing a seed to drop, which in the end causes a jumbled mess with a circus parade in the city...where we find the bug that started it all.
This clever adventure is a simple cause and effect story that follows a predictable pattern throughout: Because that seed dropped, a worm got mad. Because he got mad,... One skill of the organization trait is planning a logical sequencing of events. This book will serve as a model to help your students to sequence without the common signal words.
Says Deanna, "Teachers should be sure to stress as they read aloud Because a Little Bug went Ka-Choo!, that the author chooses to use a specific pattern throughout the story. Draw the students’ attention to the lack of sequence words in the story, but point out that the story does have a logical sequence of events. After reading, discuss with your students how such a small event as a bug sneezing led to such an outrageous event in the city with a circus parade. Talk to them about how the author has a whimsical way of bringing nontraditional characters to life and creating a humorous story. Invite your students to share any connections they made between this story and other characters in other Dr. Seuss books. Also invite them to share an experience when something small happened that then led to something larger."
Let students know they will be creating their own stories that borrow Dr. Seuss's pattern but rely on them to create a completely original series of cause and effect events.