Scott's project for Science Day is a life-size robot. His classmates were impressed ... until the bot started causing a mess. The ants explored the classroom; the plants and a frog at the plants; the boa constrictor got loose; then a spark ignited the volcano. Oh, my! Luckily Scott was prepared and his bot was able to save the day and restore order.
The story, while predictable, is cute. Without realizing it, kids needed to pay attention to the opening scene. There is a lot of science that will be brought into the story that they likely missed because of their focus on the robot. That pretty much guarantees that you'll read it at least one more time. Younger readers will love exploring the page to see what is going on that isn't said in the text. My one quibble is that the story feels like it is one "event" short. Readers leap from a robot on stage (seemingly calm event) to chaos on the next page, with the robot moving around the room and the ants going everywhere. I actually flipped back to make sure I didn't miss something.
The Accelerated Reader reading level (4.8) surprised me, so don't be surprised if your second grader can read this! The story uses shorts lines that often repeat themselves, building on each previous event. [Think 12 Days of Christmas or the House That Jack Built.]
This humorous story uses a House-that-Jack built poetry style to share the events of a classroom science fair.
Explore the pages and the story as it unfolds. Ask the kids to predict what might happen next. Be sure to spend some time looking at the 'original' classroom so that kids understand where each of the other events/creatures originated.
9 and Up
4 to 10
Borrow, at least. The story is cute and you're likely to be asked to read it a few more times as kids enjoy the humorous events that unfold in Scott's classroom.