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LESSON 29 TEACHER’S GUIDE

The Barnyard Bandit


by LaToya Simms

Fountas-Pinnell Level K
Mystery
Selection Summary
A bandit is taking Spinner’s, Hank’s, and Fuzz’s special things. The
three animals use clues to track down the barnyard bandit.

Number of Words: 371

Characteristics of the Text


Genre • Mystery
Text Structure • Setting and characters presented on first two pages.
• Plot proceeds in sequence to the end.
Content • Barnyard animals
• Missing objects (web, hay, yarn)
• Solving a mystery
Themes and Ideas • Clues can help solve a mystery.
Language and • Talking animals
Literary Features • Realistic dialogue
Sentence Complexity • Variety of simple and complex sentences
• Compound sentences using and: The three friends grew tired and fell asleep.
• Series of nouns, divided by commas: She was sitting on a nest made out of the yarn, hay,
and web.
Vocabulary • Key vocabulary word: bandit
• Character names: Spinner the spider, Hank the horse, Fuzz the cat
Words • One- and two-syllable words
• Words with comparative endings: sweetest, closer
Illustrations • Illustrations reveal clues used to solve mystery.
Book and Print Features • Illustration above text on each of nine pages
• Sentences carrying over two to three lines
• Use of capital letters for emphasis: …NOW look at it!
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The Barnyard Bandit by LaToya Simms

Build Background
Read the title. Have children look at the cover illustration and identify the barnyard
animals. To build interest, ask: What is a bandit? Who might be stealing things in a
barnyard? Tell children that this story is a mystery, or a story about a character who
solves a puzzle.

Introduce the Text


Guide children through the text, noting important ideas, and helping with unfamiliar
language and vocabulary. Here are some suggestions:
Page 2–3: Explain that this story is about three barnyard animals. They want to
find the animal who is stealing their special things.
Suggested language: Turn to pages 2 and 3 and look at the picture. These
characters are Spinner the spider, Hank the horse, and Fuzz the cat. The book says:
“A bandit has been here!” Spinner cried. A bandit is someone who steals things.
Why do you think Spinner says that? What clue do you get from the picture?
Page 4: Ask children to point to the highlighted word weave. Explain that Spinner
the spider has to weave her web, which means she spins together threads. Why do
you think it’s hard work for a spider to weave a web?
Page 5: Remind children that they can use information in the pictures to help them
read. Turn to page 5 and look at the picture. Hank the horse likes to collect bits of
hay each day. What has happened to the hay that Hank collected in the bucket?
Page 6: Turn to page 6 and look at the picture. Each animal is missing something
special. What do you think the animals will do next? How will they solve their
problem?
Now go back to the beginning and read to find out how Spinner, Hank, and Fuzz
find the barnyard bandit.

Learn More Words


bandit collect weave

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Read
Have children read The Barnyard Bandit silently while you listen to individual children read.
Support their problem solving and fluency as needed.

Respond to the Text


Personal Response
Ask children to share their personal responses to the story. Begin by asking what they
liked best about the story, or what they found interesting.
Suggested language: Why do you think Spinner, Hank, and Fuzz are glad to let the bird
have their special things?

Ways of Thinking

As you discuss the text, make sure children understand these teaching points:
Thinking Within the Text Thinking Beyond the Text Thinking About the Text
• Spinner is missing her web, • Clues can help solve a mystery. • The animals act like people,
Hank is missing his hay, and talking and wearing hats and
• It’s good to share things when
Fuzz is missing his red yarn. eyeglasses.
someone needs them more than
• The animals set a trap to catch you do. • The animals’ feelings change
the bandit, but they fall asleep over the course of the story—
and the bandit steals again. from feeling upset about their
missing things to feeling glad
• Spinner finds clues that lead the
that the bird has used their
animals to the bandit.
things to make a nest for her
• The bandit is a bird who has eggs.
built a nest with the animals’
special things.
© 2006. Fountas, I.C. & Pinnell, G.S. Teaching for Comprehending and Fluency, Heinemann, Portsmouth, N.H.

Choices for Support


Fluency
Have children choose a favorite character and read aloud a page that includes that
character. Remind them to think about how the character feels and to read the dialogue
with the proper expression.

Phonics and Word Work


Provide practice as needed with words and sounds, using one of the following activities:
• Sort Words Materials: index cards with the words bird, her, horse, forgot, snort, for,
more, hurt, barn, yard, hard, yarn. Have children shuffle the index cards. Ask them to
read the words and sort them by vowel + r spelling.
• Word Wall Materials: index cards. Have children choose five words from the word
wall and read them. Then have children write the words on the index cards. Have
partners build sentences using some of their words, and adding other words.
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Writing About Reading
Critical Thinking
Read the directions for children on BLM 29.9 and guide them in answering the questions.

Responding
Read aloud the questions at the back of the book and help children complete the activities.

Target Comprehension Skill


Cause and Effect Tell children that one thing in a story often makes
another thing happen. The cause tells why something happened. The effect tells what
happened. Model how to identify cause and effect.

Think Aloud

What happens in this story? The bird takes the web, hay, and yarn. That
is the effect. Why does the bird take the web, hay, and yarn? She takes
the things to make a nest. That is the cause. That explains why the bird
takes the web, hay, and yarn.

Practice the Skill


Have children think of a book they have read that has a cause and an effect. Ask them to
write a sentence telling about what happens and why it happens.

Writing Prompt
Read aloud the following prompt. Have children write their response, using the writing
prompt on page 6.
Imagine you are a reporter. Write a news report about the barnyard mystery and how it
was solved. Use details from the story in your news report.

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English Language Learners
Front-Load Vocabulary Help children understand that sometimes words don’t
literally mean what they say. Explain the meanings of these expressions as they are used
in the story: Spinner looked hurt (page 4) and The bandit had struck again! (page 8).

Oral Language Development


Check the children’s comprehension, using a dialogue that best matches their
English proficiency level. Speaker 1 is the teacher, Speaker 2 is the child.
Beginning/ Early Intermediate Intermediate Early Advanced/ Advanced
Speaker 1: What kind of animal is Speaker 1: What is Fuzz’s special thing? Speaker 1: What clues does
Spinner? Spinner find when they are
Speaker 2: Fuzz’s special thing is red
looking for the bandit?
Speaker 2: a spider yarn.
Speaker 2: Spinner finds feathers.
Speaker 1: Where do the animals live? Speaker 1: Who is the barnyard bandit?
Speaker 1: Why does the bird take
Speaker 2: the barnyard Speaker 2: The bird is the barnyard
the web, hay, and yarn?
bandit.
Speaker 1: Point to the bandit.
Speaker 2: She takes the things to
Speaker 2: [Points to the bird.] make a nest for her eggs.

Lesson 29
BLACKLINE MASTER 29.9
Name

Think About It
The Barnyard Bandit
Think About It

Write an answer to the question. Responses may vary.

1. Why does the bird need the friends’ special things?

She uses the things to build a nest for

her eggs.

Making Connections Think about something you


gave away because someone needed it. Write some
sentences about what you did.

Read directions to children.


Think About It 11 Grade 1, Unit 6: Three Cheers for Us!
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Name Date

The Barnyard Bandit


Imagine you are a reporter. Write a news
report about the barnyard mystery and how it was
solved. Use details from the story in your news report.

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Lesson 29
BLACKLINE MASTER 29.9
Name

Think About It
The Barnyard Bandit
Think About It

Write an answer to the question.

1. Why does the bird need the friends’ special things?

Making Connections Think about something you


gave away because someone needed it. Write some
sentences about what you did.

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Lesson 29
Student Date BLACKLINE MASTER 29.13

The Barnyard Bandit • LEVEL K The Barnyard Bandit


Running Record Form

page Selection Text Errors Self-Corrections

6 Just then, Fuzz let out a

loud “Meow!” He held up a tiny

ball of red yarn. “I had a big

ball of yarn and NOW look at it!

Someone has been stealing it.”

Fuzz looked at Hank and

Spinner. “Don’t just stand there.

Go catch that yarn bandit!”

7 “I have an idea,” said

Spinner. “I’ll make a new web.

When the bandit tries to take it,

we’ll catch him.”

Comments: Accuracy Rate Self-Correction


(# words read Rate
correctly/70 × 100) (# errors + #
% Self-Corrections/
Self-Corrections)
1:

Behavior Code Error Behavior Code Error


1413378

Substitution cut 1
Read word correctly ✓ 0 cat
cat
Self-corrects cut sc 0
cat
Repeated word, ® 0
sentence, or phrase cat Insertion the 1
cat


Omission cat 1 Word told T 1
cat

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