Standard 3

Language Arts

The Hula-Hoppin’ Queen - Thelma Lynne Godin & illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Before Reading:

Tap knowledge and build background to prepare for reading the story by discussing the following:


•What does it mean to be “queen” of something? Have you ever considered to be queen, or king, of something? Discuss.


• Do you know what is a hula-hoop? (Google It! for information on origin). Have ever tried to hula-hoop? If you are at home, demonstrate how it’s done.


• Introduce the title, The Hula-Hoopin’ Queen, and ask students to predict what the story will be about.


Activity 1

Reading Response

Now answer the following questions:
  • 1. Who are the main characters in the story?

    2. What do the main character’s choices tell you about her?

    3. Could the characters in this story exist in real life? What makes you think that?

    4. What is the problem in this story?

    5. How does the problem get solved?

    6. Dis you think the title was a good one for the story? Why do you think so?

    7. How are you alike or different from the main character in this story?

    8. What lessons did you learn in the story that can help you in your real life?

    9. What would you like to ask the author or one of the characters?

    10. Retell the story to your mom, dad, sister or brother.

  • 1. Write a short story when you or someone you know tried to earn the title ‘Queen’ or ‘King” of something. Give your story a good title.


    2. Add illustrations to your story. Have fun being creative!



Activity 1