By Ryan Howard & Krystle Howard

Copyright Date: 2015

Published by: Scholastic Inc.

Lexile Reading Level: 500

Grade Level Recommendation: 3rd Grade

Common Core State Standard: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.3
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events

Suggested Delivery: Independent reading

Key Vocabulary:

  • glared: a fiercely or angrily piercing stare.
  • sneer: to smile, laugh, or contort the face in a manner that shows scorn or contempt
  • bully: a blustering, quarrelsome, overbearing person who intimidates others
  • priority: something given special attention
  • practice: repeated performance or systematic exercise for the purpose of acquiring skill or proficiency
  • supportive: providing sympathy or encouragement
  • enthusiastic: full of passion or excitement
  • intimidate: to force into or deter from some action by inducing fear
  • taunting: to provoke by taunts

Reading Strategies:

  • Before:  Read the first chapter aloud to the students.  Make sure to use enthusiasm in order to set the tone for the rest of the story.
  • During: Tell the students to write down basic facts about the story.  These facts can include the setting, characters (main and supporting), and plot up to that point.
  • After: Ask the students to write down a few questions they would ask Rhino.  Set a minimum for the number of questions they must ask.  Have them switch and answer someone else’s questions.

Writing Activity Suggestion:  In the story, Rhino’s grandfather gives him a lot of advice.  In groups or individually, instruct the students to write down examples of some advice Rhino’s grandfather gave him throughout the story.   Have the students write a detailed”thank you” note to Rhino’s grandfather thanking him for the advice and help.  Make sure the students use specific examples in the note.

Electronic Resources:

  • Scholastic -Interested in buying the book? Go to the scholastic website to purchase or learn more about the book.
  • Thank You Note Lesson Plan– Do your students know how to write a formal “thank you” note?  Here is a lesson plan with ideas on how to introduce writing letters.
  • Ryan Howard – More about Ryan Howard and Krystle Howard.



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