Shoo Wee Okapi

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Shoo Wee Okapi

Shoo Wee! Do you smell that? What is that smell...I think it's that Okapi! What is an Okapi, anyway? Okapis are nearly impossible to observe in the wild and, once discovered, obtained a mythical reputation and gained the name "African unicorn." This book is the first in a series of "ficinformational" books about lesser known animals with weird traits like the okapi. The illustrations are engaging, and the story is just plain fun to read and filled with real facts.

After listening to Shoo Wee Okapi read by Leslie McCrary, it's time for your family to make a stinky poem! This will be a fun activity to do as a family and investigate the smells of household items and create a poem using the smells you've found as similes to describe why things Stink or Don't Stink.  

Learn more about Leslie McCrary and her book, Shoo-Wee-Okapi.  

Things You'll Need: 
  • Paper 
  • Writing Tool (Pencil, Pen, Marker, etc.)
  • Random Items (Optional)
  • Your Imagination!
Tips & Tricks: 
  • For the Stink or No Stink game make a t-chart and list the items that Stink or No Stink.
  • Explain that a simile is a figure of speech where you compare one thing with another thing of a different kind: Her hair is blonde and bright like the sun.
  • Sentence Stem:  ________ stinks like _________, but _________ smells like _________.


Instructions for Stiny Poems 
  • K - SCI: §11211 (K.2B) 
  • 1st -  SCI: §112.12 (1.2B) ELA: §110.3 (1.11B)
  • 2nd - SCI: §112.13 (2.2B) ELA: §110.4 (2.11B)
  • 3rd - SCI: §112.14 (3.2E-F) ELA: §110.5 (3.11B)
  • 4th – SCI: §1132.15 (4.2E-F) ELA: §110.6 (4.11B)
  • 5th - SCI: §112.16 (5.2D-F) ELA: §110.7 (5.11B)

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