The Hare with Many Friends

Unit 3: The Hare with Many Friends

Before you read …

Activity 1: Vocabulary Preparation

Read the sentences below. The words in bold are from the story. Match the definition in the box with the words in bold. Write the correct letters on the lines. Compare your answers with a partner.

_____  1. Her pet hound jumped and barked at her feet.

_____  2. I applied to the teacher for help.

_____  3. She realized she was late and had no time to spare to talk to me.

_____ 4. The calf stayed close to the mother cow.

_____  5. We could hear the sound of baying dogs from far away.

_____  6. This spray repels insects

Before you read …

Activity 2. Possible sentences

The title of your story is: The Hare with Many Friends.The words below are from your story.  Pair two words together then write a sentence you think will relate to the story. Review vocabulary in Activity 1 for help.

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The Hare with Many Friends

1. There was once a hare who had many friends. She thought she was the

2. most popular animal in the entire world!

3. One day the hare heard hounds baying in the distance. Usually, she

4. hurried away at the first sound of a baying dog, but this time she asked

5. herself, “Why should I have to run for my life everytime I hear a dog?”

6. She decided her friends could help. She would ask one of them to carry

7. her to safety.

8. The hare asked the horse, “Please, dear friend, will you carry me away

9. from the hounds?”

10. The horse answered, “I wish I could assist you, but I have work to do for

11. my owner.” He felt sure,” he said, “all her other friends would come to

12. her aid.”  She then applied to the bull and hoped he would repel the

13. hound with his horns. The bull replied, “I wish I could, but I have an

14. appointment with a lady; but I feel sure our friend the goat will do what

15. you want.” The goat however feared that his back might be hurt if he

16. helped her. Next the hare asked the cow for help. The cow answered,” I

17. wish I could, but it’s almost milking time.”

18. Every animal the rabbit asked for help seemed to be occupied[1]. Even the

19. calf had no time for her. Each one said, “I wish I could help you.” But all

20. of them had some excuse that prevented them from helping her. By this

21. time, the hounds were getting closer. The hare didn’t have any time to

22. spare. She was forced to run for her life. She quickly took off and,

23. luckily, escaped just in time.

During reading …

Activity 1: Confirm or Disconfirm

Now that you have read the story, look at your possible sentences from Activity 2 again. Did you make correct predictions? If your sentences are not correct, write a new sentence that is more like the story.

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During reading …

Activity 2: Reading for details

With a partner, write a short answer to the following questions.

1.   Why did the hare think she was the most popular animal in the world?

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2.  What did she ask herself when she heard the barking dogs?

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3.   What did she ask her friends to do for her?

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4.  Who did she ask for help?

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5.  What did her friends say to her?

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Activity 3: Comprehension Check

With your partner, write a moral for this story.

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Activity 4: Understanding the characters

With your partner, complete the table. Choose the animal that represents the human characteristic in the box. Write down words or phrase from the text that suggest the animal has this characteristic and the line number the words or phrases can be found. Can you suggest another adjective to describe the animal’s human characteristic? Add your suggestion to the box. In the last box, choose your own character and your own description for the human characteristics.  Do you think this character is the hare’s friend? Circle yes, no, or maybe.

Character(animal) Human Characteristic- clues from the text. What do they do? What do they say? Line # Friend?
lazy Yes

No

Maybe

busy, hard-working Yes

No

Maybe

loud, active Yes

No

Maybe

Yes

No

Maybe

 

During Reading …

Questions for discussion.

With a partner or in small groups discuss the following questions. Be prepared to share your opinions with the class.

1. What did the main character learn in this story. Why do you believe this?

2. What will the main character probably do in the future? Why do you believe

this?

3. This story was mainly written to …

After reading…

Game: Recalling details.

With a partner, or in small groups, choose a sentence you wrote from the, Before you read: Activity  on page 2, to read aloud to the class. The class will decide if the sentence is true for the story or not.

After reading …

Write your own fable. You can use a story from your culture. You can write about a time you learned a lesson. Remember to use animals as your characters.

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Supplementary Materials

During reading …

Activity 2: Reading for details

Read the questions and circle the correct answer.

1.  What did she ask herself when she heard the barking dogs?

a)  What is that sound?

b)  Why should I run for my life every time I hear a dog?

c)  The dogs are my friends too.

2.  Why did the hare think she was the most popular animal in the world?

a)  All the animals said she was pretty.

b)  All the other animal were her friend.

c)  She had a large family

d)  She had a good place to live

3.  What did she ask her friends to do for her?

a)  Help her repel the hounds

b)  Hide her from the hounds

c)  Carry her away from the hounds

d)  Make friends with the hounds

4.  Who did she ask for help? ( Circle more than one answer. )

a)  the bull                             b)  the goat

c)  the mouse                       d)  the horse

e)  the pig                              f)  the dog

g)  the calf                             h)  the sheep

5.  Did her friend help her?

a) yes                                     b) no

 

Answer Key to During Reading Activities

 

Activity 1:

Answers will vary.

Activity 2:

1.   Why did the hare think she was the most popular animal in the world?

friends.  She had many friends. All the animals were her friend                             .

2.  What did she ask herself when she heard the barking dogs?

Why should I have to run for my life everytime I hear a dog?                                   .

3.   What did she ask her friends to do for her?

Carry her to safety. Carry her away from the hounds.                                                 .

4.  Who did she ask for help?

_The horse, the bull, the goat, the cow, the calf                                                            .

5.  What did her friends say to her?

No, sorry, I am busy.                                                                                                         .

I have work to do. I have an appointment. I might hurt my back. Almost milking time.

 

Activity 3: Reading for Details

Understanding the characters

Character(animal) Characteristic – clues from the text. What do they do? What do they say? Line # Friend?
rabbit lazy, self-centered, boastful 1, 2, 5, more Yes
No
Not sure
horse busy, hardworking – has work to do for master
answers may vary
10, 11 Yes
No
Maybe
hounds loud, active 3, 21 Yes
No
Maybe
goat concerned for self – might hurt back 15 Yes
No
Maybe
cow thinking of self – wants to be milked 17 Yes
No
Maybe
bull  uncaring – wants to do something else 13, 14 Yes
No
Maybe

Student may include calf on line 19, although little information is given.

The worksheet below is an alternative version of Activity 2 on pg. 3. There is also and online version at: http://www.quia.com/quiz/3648063.html

During Reading …

Activity 2: Reading for details (online version direct link)

ComprehensionCheck

 

During reading …

Activity 2: Reading for details

1.  What did she ask herself when she heard the barking dogs?

a)  What is that sound?

b)  Why should I run for my life everytime I hear a dog?

c)  The dogs are my friends too.

2.  Why did the hare think she was the most popular animal in the world?

a)  All the animals said she was pretty.

b)  All the other animal were her friend.

c)  She had a large family

d)  She had a good place to live

3.  What did she ask her friends to do for her?

a)  Help her repel the hounds

b)  Hide her from the hounds

c)  Carry her away from the hounds

d)  Make friends with the hounds

4.  Who did she ask for help? ( Circle more than one answer. )

a)  the bull                             b)  the goat

c)  the mouse                        d)  the horse

e)  the pig                              f)  the dog

g)  the calf                             h)  the sheep

5.  Did her friend help her?

a) yes                                     b) no

Unit 2 Word Bank

 

1. applied (verb): to make a request.

I applied to the teacher for help.

 

2. baying (verb): a long, loud sound made by dogs.

The hounds are baying at the moon.

 

3. calf (noun): a young cow.

The calf and her mother are in the barn.

 

4. hound (noun) a kind of dog.

The hounds barked at the moon.

 

5. occupied (verb): doing something, not available.

The teacher is occupied in the afternoon.

6. repels (verb): to keep away.

The barking dog repelled the burglar.

 

7. spare (verb) to have extra

The teacher had spare time after class to help the students.


[1] occupied (v): busy.

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