S: LUCKY'S LESSON
BC: LUCKY'S LESSON | Follow Lucky on an adventure that has him learning a very valuable lesson.
FC: LUCKY'S LESSON | Story by Michael G. Koutros
1: This is the story of a young mischievous pup named Lucky. Some would call him greedy. Others may call him spoiled. But nonetheless, Lucky was lavished with love and care. Maybe a bit too much.
2: Lucky had special plans for today. He decided that he'd set out to do five fun and adventurous things without getting caught. His family, however, had other plans. Today was the Annual Koutros Family Reunion. Lucky could tell simply by the aroma that had filled his beloved home. Brothers, sisters, all gathered, bringing with them some special delectable dishes. Lucky ran to the dining room table where he spotted six delicious platters of turkey.
3: how co | "I want that food and I always get what I want!"
4: The dining room would be his first stop of the day. Lucky leaped onto the table and admired the six plates of turkey before diving in. He ate at lightening speed. The first plate was cold. The second was quite a terrible sight. The third plate , however, tasted just right! Three plates were left untouched. Stuffed and sleepy, Lucky ran from the dining room at the sound of nearby footsteps.
5: you | Lucky ate three of the plates of Turkey: Three plates were left untouched: | "LUCKY" - screamed Mom angrily but Lucky had already ran out of sight.. | The table had had six plates of Turkey: | 6 - 3 = 3
6: Lucky's next stop happened to be his brother Louie's room. He decided he wanted to put on a fashion show. Lucky opened the closet doors and began to search for baseball hats. He found five of them but only tried on four. He tried the yellow one on but it made him look fat. The blue one just didn't fit. The red one looked a tad too bright. The green one , however, fit just right!
7: Lucky found five baseball hats: Lucky tried on four hats: One was left untouched: | 5 - 4 = 1 | "LUCKY" - screamed Louie but Lucky had already ran out of sight..
8: The next stop was his sister Kathy's room. He always loved the pretty sparkling bows she put in her hair. "I want those bows and I ALWAYS get what I want!" barked Lucky. He began to search through her draws until he finally found what he was looking for. There were four bows in total but Lucky only could try on two of them before he heard footsteps. The first bow was too tight. The second, however, sparkled in the night. It really did fit just right! Two of them were left untouched.
9: = | "LUCKY!" -- Kathy screamed... But Lucky had already ran out of sight... | Lucky found four bows: Lucky tried on two bows: | 4 - 2 = 2 | Two were left untouched
10: All of this running began to take its toll on Lucky. He was hot and in need of a cool down. He made his way to the backyard where the Koutros family were preparing to go for a swim. "I want to swim three laps in that pool and I always get what I want!" Lucky barked. He leaped into the pool splashing water everywhere. The water was way too cold and Lucky immediately swam towards the steps. "Forget this" he yelped and ran out of the water. None of the laps went completed.
11: "LUCKY!" --the Koutros family screamed.. But Lucky had already ran out of sight ... | Lucky wanted to swim three laps: | Lucky swam zero laps: | 3 - 0 = 3
12: It was time for Lucky to rest his eyes. Today was turning out to be quite the adventure. He walked into his Mom and Dad's room in search of a comfortable pillow. He found a pile of seven pillows in all different colors and sizes.
13: The first pillow was way too soft. The second pillow was way too rough. The third pillow was just enough. The rest of the pillows went untouched. | "I want this pillow and I always get what I want!"
14: Lucky stumbled upon seven pillows: | Lucky sat on three of the pillows: | Four of the pillows remained untouched: | 7 - 3 = 4
15: "GOTCHA LUCKY!" -- the Koutros family yelped with excitement! | "Oh man! I knew I shouldn't have napped!" barked Lucky. He knew his family was upset with what he did today. The Koutros family promised that Lucky would learn a lesson. They couldn't be that mad? Could they? Lucky had no idea what he was in for.
17: The Koutros family thought the only way for Lucky to learn his lesson would be to ground him. There'd be no special dinners, no hour long walks, and most definitely no daily presents. Lucky knew he had misbehaved. It wasn't right for him to eat the food or go through his siblings rooms. He wasn't a good boy today. He promised he wouldn't disrespect his family again. He loved them very much. Lucky was truly sorry.
18: Lucky wouldn't be breaking anymore rules. He had certainly learned a lesson.
19: "Come on guys! Somebody walk me! I didn't mean it!" --Lucky barked | THE END
20: Key Themes: Subtraction, Sequencing. :: "Lucky's Lesson" incorporates both math and literacy skills. This would be a great read for a first grade class. One could easily use this book to teach students the importance of keeping track of what happened first, second, third, etc.. :: "Lucky's Lesson" can be used to teach young students subtraction. Lucky's journey is all about what was leftover after he came in contact with the different areas of the house. I tried to make math fun! I hope I succeeded. Key Vocabulary: :: Mischievous, Lavished, Adventurous, Aroma, Leap, Delectable, Misbehaved, Respect.
21: Michael Koutros is currently pursuing his Masters in Childhood Education. His interests include: reading, writing, playing tennis, watching independent films, making himself laugh, making others laugh, spending time with his loved ones, and being a geek. He hopes to become a wonderful educator. This book is dedicated to Lucky without whom there'd be no story to tell.