A Birthday Cake for Grandma

By Kathy Taylor (SJ Pt3 No1 2010)

I am learning to respond to a text using my prior knowledge and experience.

Success Criteria:

  • I can use personal experiences to connect ideas in the text (text to self)
  • I can connect ideas from other texts I have read (text to text)
  • I can use prior knowledge to connect ideas in the text (text to world)

Vocabulary Check:

Use full sentences to answer the following questions:

What was the family tradition the children wanted to follow?

The family  tradition the  children wanted to follow was make birthday cake for grandma.

Do you have any family traditions that your family follow?  If so, what are they?  If not, do you know any examples of family traditions?  

My family always takes my poppa out to lunch on christmas or on the 26 of christmas.

Why does Mum rub the Lucy’s arm on page 23?

Mum rubs Lucy's arm to make Lucy feel better.

Was Grandma a good cook?  How do you know?

I know grandma was a good cook because on page 23 Josh and Lucy was talking about how good she was at cooking.

Where is Grandma?  How do you know?

Grandma is dead in a grave stone I know because on the picture on page 25 Lucy, Josh and Mum was looking into the grave stone that grandma was in.

Were there some clues in the story that tell us that Grandma had died?


Who do you think is going to eat the birthday cake?

Josh, Lucy and Mum but I think Josh is going to eat the most.

Have you ever had a special birthday cake made for you?  What was it and who made it?

I have and I helped make my cake with my mum.