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Panda Storytelling


Read to children Little Panda: The World Welcomes Hua Mei to the San Diego Zoo by Joanne Ryder. Talk with children about the baby panda -- how she looked when she was small, how she played, how her mother cared for her, and so on. Next, on an easel pad create a cloze activity to complete with students. Write several incomplete sentences about the baby panda and her mother. Invite students to think about what they learned from the book and to orally complete each sentence.


  • The mother panda climbs with her _______________.
  • The mother panda feeds her baby ___________________.
  • The baby panda likes to ___________________.
  • The mother panda cares for her baby by ____________________________.

Record students' responses and encourage children to choose one sentence to illustrate.


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