Lucky Tucker by Leslie McGuirk is a great story to read near St. Patrick’s Day. It follows a dog named Tucker who is having a really bad day. Fortunately, a series of events turns everything around into the luckiest day ever. Here are some activities you can pair with Lucky Tucker.
About the Book
After rolling in a patch of four-leaf clovers on St. Patrick’s Day, Tucker the terrier goes from having nothing go his way to becoming the luckiest dog of the day.
Here’s a quick peek at some of the pages:
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Lucky Tucker Craft
After reading this story, I knew it would inspire students to write about their own lucky day. First, we went back and mapped out Tucker’s day. He woke up on the wrong paw, he had a series of unlucky events happen, he found a lucky clover, had a series of lucky events, and then ended the day on a happy note. Using this formula, students brainstorm a list of unlucky events, lucky events, and a lucky item and then turn it into a story. To make these stories extra special, I have added this Pot of Gold craft. When opened, it reveals the child’s story and would look great on display.
Lucky Tucker Activities
I have chosen four questions to help guide your discussion of this story. Students can respond verbally or in writing. You could also have student turn and talk with their neighbor while reading.
After reading the book, students can put the story back together with this sequencing activity.
Once students have practiced sequencing the story, they are ready to retell or summarize. I have included a few different options. Students can also focus on the story with this story elements spinner.
To help with vocabulary, I selected 12 words for this story. There are vocabulary cards with matching definitions. These can be used in a pocket chart center or you can have students play a Memory matching game. For further practice, students can complete the fill-in-the-blanks page or vocabulary match-up activity. Finally, I have added a Lucky Words organizer. Students choose one word, and then write the definition, draw a picture, and use the word in a sentence.
You can find all of these activities in my picture book companion for Lucky Tucker:
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