I Wanna Iguana and Can I have a Stegosaurus Please

posted Jan 9, 2018, 11:10 AM by Patrick Johnson   [ updated Jan 9, 2018, 11:13 AM ]
This week we read 2 stories where the main character was trying to persuade their parents to allow them to have a pet. 
In I Wanna Iguana, the boy was trying to persuade his mother to allow him to have a pet Iguana. The boy and his mother took turns giving reasons as to why (or why he should not) be allowed to have an iguana. The story ended with them making a compromise. 

After the story, students decided whether they thought the boy should be allowed an iguana and discussed their opinions.

Big thinking questions for each story:

In a similar story, a boy was trying to persuade his mother that he should be allowed to have a stegosaurus. He gave many reasons to support his position.

Afterwards, students made a +/- list as to the advantages and disadvantages to having a pet stegosaurus. Students then discussed and decided whether they agreed or disagreed with the statement: A stegosaurus makes a good pet.

Examples of reasons given why a stegosaurus makes a good pet
  • they could eat your left over food
  • it could protect you
  • you could use it as a bus 
  • could see things up high
  • everyone will want to be your friend
Examples of reasons given why a stegosaurus does not make a good pet
  • to big to fit in the house
  • you could get accidentally stepped on
  • you would have to clean up after it
  • it might scare people
  • it could break stuff
  • they stink
  • it takes up a lot of space