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Inside the Story: Language and Literacy

Language & Literacy

These activities can be used alongside A Surprise for Rabbit or as standalone plans. Encourage your students to get moving either inside or outside of the classroom.


Guided Storytime

Read the storybook aloud to your classroom, feel free to read with a mix of English/Spanish, all in English, or all in Spanish depending on your class demographic. 

Read the storybook aloud to your classroom, feel free to read with a mix of English/Spanish, all in English, or all in Spanish depending on your class demographic. To further engage your students:

  • Have your class to repeat the onomatopoeias in the story or act them out. Such as “tap tap tap”, “shake shake shake”, or “squeak squeak squeak.”
    •  After repeating the onomatopoeias, what instruments or materials in the classroom can they find to make those sounds?
  • Stop and ask questions. Ask your students if they have ever seen a gray, cloudy morning where the sun tries to peek out. Ask your students if they would like their friends and family to plan a surprise party for their birthday.  
  • Before you read a page, show the illustrations to your class and ask what they see in the drawings and what they think will happen next based on those drawings.  Have a discussion about how the story might unfold.

A Surprise for Rabbit Literacy Worksheets


These worksheets are designed for ECE – 1st grade students and can be modified in any way to fit the levels of your students. These worksheet pages can be printed on 8.5” x 11” paper.



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