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1. Author/Illustrator – Author and Illustrator by: Glen Rounds

2. Title and date of publicationThree Billy Goats Gruff Published: 1993 Holiday House, Inc.

3. Genre – Traditional Literature

4. Format – Picture Book

5. Award – No awards listed

6. Summary of book – This is a book about three billy goats who have to outsmart a mean, ugly troll in order to get over a bridge where there is green grass to graze.

7. Strategies to use with the book
I typically start story time by singing some type of song like Baa Baa Black Sheep. This gets the children quiet and ready to listen to the story. Then I read the book, stopping along the way to as questions to ensure comprehension. For this book, I would use a computer animation program to allow the children to watch the billy goats cross the bridge and then bump the troll off the bridge. Oftentimes with special needs children, they need to experience a book in a multi-sensory way in order to understand.

As always, after I read the book, we match some pre-selected picture vocabulary words on the felt board (If I had a smartboard like the rest of my school, we would use that, but I do not.) In order to do our vocabulary, we sing the “Surprise Bag” song and each child pulls out a vocabulary word. They then run it through the smart talk device, it reads the word to them and then they match it to the same picture on the felt board. This part of story time rarely ever changes. My children need consistency and routine in order to function and learn. They often require routines within routines, so that is why this portion of story never really changes.

If I have a high functioning group, we might act this story out with the goats from our animal bucket. If the group is lower functioning, acting out does not usually work. At this time, we would do some type of music and movement. Here we might practice making the sounds that a goat makes. I don’t have my CD’s at home and they are packed away at school, but I am almost certain that Greg and Steve have a song on one of the CD’s in my classroom about the Three Billy Goats Gruff and if I could locate it, we would definitely sing it. Then, we would move to centers where the activities would have the book as a theme and some type of art project to go with the book.