Mrs. Watson Wants Your Teeth

Bibliographic Information: McGhee, Alison, and Harry Bliss. Mrs. Watson Wants Your Teeth. Orlando, FL: Voyager / Harcourt, 2008. Print.

Brief Annotation: This young girl is entering first grade believing comments made by a second grader about the first grade teacher – and we embark on her first day of school as she attempts to keep her mouth closed all day.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: 1

Readers who will like this: This story will be easily related to students who are around this age because they probably had the same feelings of anxiety. It can be a funny way to see their worries from a different and humorous perspective.

Rating/ Response: 5 – I thought this story did a fantastic job of making the next page unknown and forcing the children to ask questions and infer what they think is going to happen.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Who has ever heard something about a teacher before meeting them?

Reading strategy: Questioning

Rationale for strategy: The uncertainty of each page leaves room for the students to question what they think is going to happen next. There are endless possibilities for making predictions and guesses about how the story is going to end.

Posted by: Katie de St. Aubin


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