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Lesson 2


Explain what Howard B. Wigglebottom learns about courage.

Make connections between Howard B. Wigglebottom and the ways we can show courage at school.   

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What does Howard B. Wigglebottom learn about courage?

What can we learn from Howard’s story to help us show courage at school?

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Key Questions


  • Why is Howard acting so strangely? 

  • What did Howard learn from the bird?

  • What does Howard do to try and be brave? What does he say to himself each time?

  • Why wasn’t Howard worried about the first day of school anymore? What changed?

  • How does Howard feel at the end of the story? How do you know?



courage     (n.)

the thing that helps you be brave when something is difficult or scary

fear     (n.)

the feeling you have when you are afraid or scared of something

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Common Core Standards

  • RL.K.1 — With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.