Freddy and His Lily Pad
Story & Picture by Nancy Swords

frog in a pond

     Freddy the frog lived in a large pond.  He loved to jump and splash in the water all day.  Freddy also loved his lily pad.  This lily pad was very important to Freddy because of one special thing.  His lily pad had a mark on it that looked just like a heart.  Freddy slept on this heart every night so that he would have wonderful dreams about his mother.
     One day Freddy was playing especially hard in the pond with his frog friends.  They played games such as follow the leader and hide and go seek all day long.  When it started to get dark, Freddy decided it was time to go back to his lily pad and get some rest.  Only, when Freddy looked around, he wasn't sure where his lily pad was.  There were lots of lily pads everywhere and they all looked exactly the same.  Freddy got scared.  How was he ever going to find his lily pad with the heart so he could go to sleep?
     Freddy jumped frantically around, asking everyone he was if they knew where his lily pad was.  Each time the answer was no.  Freddy became sad.  He had asked everyone in the pond, but no one seemed to know where his lily pad was.  By now it was dark and Freddy could not see.  He began to cry and fell asleep, wishing he was on his own lily pad having wonderful dreams about his mother.
     The next morning when Freddy woke up, he remembered having happy dreams.  But how if he could not find his special lily pad?  Just then the sun shined down across the top of  the lily pad and Freddy noticed something.  The heart shape was on this pad.  Freddy had found it all along.  He jumped off his lily pad and splashed and played all day, happy to be home.

Activity for Lesson Using Critical Thinking
After sharing your creative writing story with your students, have your students use their critical thinking skills to answer the following questions to write or dictate their story.  After writing their stories, have the students draw a picture using the Paint program to illustrate their story.

Critical thinking questions to ask students that would change your story to their story:
1. How would you change the main character? (Introduction)
2. Where would your story take place? (Setting)
3. What would happen to the main character in your story? (Plot)
4. How would your story end? (Ending)

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