Some of the greatest memories for most of us are the times spent with our grandparents. I love to think back on the pleasant, and sometimes goofy, experiences I had visiting my grandparent’s house. I would sit on the back of the couch, with my grandfather seated in front of me. I tied his hair up in dozens of rubber bands all over his head. He was a sight to be seen! Yet, he loved for me to “mess” with his hair as much as I loved “fixing” it. I can imagine that if I could write a story similar to How to Babysit Grandpa by Jean Reagan, I could fill the pages with wonderful times spent with my grandparents. This month’s lessons will tap into the great times had with our loved ones, whether grandparents or other relatives. Jump into this fun “How to” lesson and get ready for a few crazy babysitting ideas.
Author, Jean Reagan, has written several charming “How to” books. Use one or more of these books as a springboard for a slightly zany, yet unique “How to” writing lesson. In this month’s lessons, several foundational Expository skills are layered into a lively “How to” theme.
Main Idea #1: Food/snacks
Main Idea #2: Activities
Main Idea #3: How to Surprise
Main Idea #4: Naptime
Main Idea #5: Saying Goodbye
*Remember, the Main Ideas generated before the lesson are suggestions for the teacher only. The purpose is to help guide the Pick, List and Choose Lesson.
The first thing I would do with my grandpa/grandma is I would feed him/her some snacks.
The next thing I would do is some special activities with him/her.
The third thing I would do is figure out ways to surprise my grandpa/grandma.
Point out the redundant vocabulary in these samples and provide students with relevant Main Idea sentence starters to replace the repetitive word choice.
It is always enjoyable to __________.
When babysitting my grandpa/grandma, we have fun __________.
Have you ever thought about __________ with your grandparent?
Most grandparents love to __________ with you.
Can you imagine feeding your grandpa/grandma __________.
Surprise your grandpa/grandma with __________.
Add another layer/lesson:
Taking a walk with grandpa/grandma:
Taking your grandpa outside for a walk along the sidewalk can provide exercise for him and allow him to breathe fresh air.
Feeding grandpa/grandma a pretzel snack:
I always feed by grandma a pretzel snack when I am babysitting her so that she doesn’t get too hungry before my grandpa gets home. She only eats straight thin pretzel sticks because her teeth are old like her.