Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears: Literature Extension Activities and a FREE Printable Pack for K-2nd Grade

This post is part of the 31 MORE Days of Literature Unit Studies series. You can find all of the links to the thirty-one studies in this post. If you’d like to use these ideas to create your own unit study, this post has step-by-step instructions as well as a free unit study planner. (Want to know more about what, exactly, a unit study is? This post will help.)

While you’re reading and working on your unit study, you can download this free printables pack of graphic organizers for reading. It has a plot chart, venn diagram, KWL chart, two mini book report organizers, a character analysis chart, a plot outline chart, and a reading response sheet where students can record facts while reading.
Literature activities for why mosquitoes buzz in people's ears
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Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears is one of my favorite picture books to read aloud. The story is a cause and effect one that uses some great figurative language. It’s also a perfect story to use when talking about story sequence- what comes next. You can use this story to introduce the idea of a folktale to kids as well.
In this post, I’m sharing some ideas that you can use after reading Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears. I’m also listing several other folk talk picture books. And don’t forget to pick up your FREE activity pack for primary grades. It has nine pages of activities that you can print and use after reading the book.


Book Information


Title: Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears

Author: Verna Aardema

Age Suggestion: K-2nd grade

Book Summary: Mosquito’s bragging sets of a chain of events that leads to the sun failing to come up in the forest. Lion calls a council to see what happened, and the verdict is that Mosquito should be punished.

Extension Activities

Talk to kids about what a folktale is. You can find more information here.

The PBS Show Between the Lions has a fun episode all about folktales and fables.

This site has a large collection of folktales to read with the kids.

This folktale uses lots of onomatopoeia words. This video has a cute song that will teach kids what onomatopoeia means.

Have kids write- or dictate- their own creative folktale to explain why something happens (like the sun not coming up).

Literature activities for why mosquitoes buzz in people's ears


Other Folktale Picture Books

Free printable activities for why mosquitoes buzz in peoples ears

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