Mrs. McGowan's First Grade Class
H. W. Mountz School
Spring Lake, New Jersey

Stranger in the Woods

This year our class is contributing literacy activities based on Stranger in the Woods by Carl Sams II and Jean Stoick. The book continues to be a favorite winter read aloud story with my first grade classes. The photographs are fantastic and the story is exciting! It also was selected to be the basis for our class contribution to the Frosty Readers 2002 Internet Project hosted by Susan Silverman and Patti Knox.

Our project consisted of the following Reading and Writing activities:

~ Multiple readings of the book for a variety of purposes, including learning more about woodland animals. These animals also are found in our New Jersey woods and yards. Additional print resources were used to find information about the rabbit, squirrel, cardinal, chick-a-dee, bluejay, owls, and deer.

~ An Action Words List was written and added to our winter word wall: flying, munching, chewing, warning, cooing, creeping, digging.

~ Kidspiration Activity: Animal Name Scramble

~ Animal Riddles were written based on the animals from the story.

You can see all our students' work at


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This project is in alignment with the following standards:
New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards

Language and Literacy 3.2 listen actively in a variety of situations to information from a variety of sources.
3.3 write in clear, concise, organized language that varies in content and form for different audiences and purposes.
3.4 read various materials and texts with comprehension and critical analysis.
3.5 view, understand, and use nontextual visual information.

Social Studies 5.6 gain an understanding of the structure, characteristics and basic needs of organisms.

National Educational Technology Standards for Students. (NETS) Use technology communications tools:

Students use telecommunications to collaborate, publish, interact with peers, experts, and other audiences.


Susan Silverman - Kidspired Frosty Tales 2007