Russell and the Lost Treasure

Last updated Monday, October 27, 2008

Author: Rob Scotton
Date of Publication: 2006
ISBN: 0060598514
Grade Level: 2nd    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Nov. 2008

Synopsis: Russell the sheep is determined to find the Lost Treasure of Frogsbottom. Equipped with his Super-Duper Treasure Seeker, Russell searches high and low, up and down, and in and out. Nothing! Finally, Russell finds an old chest! Could it be? Discover how Russell finds the most valuable treasure of all. -Barnes&Noble

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  What animal is Russell? ( a sheep)
•  What animal is his friend? (a frog)
•  What is Russell holding? (a treasure map and a key)
•  What is the frog holding? (a shovel)
•  What do you need to find lost treasure?
•  What is Russell sitting on?

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Have you ever searched for lost treasure or gone on a scavenger hunt?
•  Why was the map so worn?
•  Have you ever lost something?
•  How do you try to find something you’ve lost?
•  Have you ever used tools or machines to find something? (flashlight)
•  What was Russell’s treasure? (a photo book of all his friends and family)
•  What would you have in your treasure trunk?

Craft ideas:
•  Draw/make a treasure map. Tear the edges of the construction paper after you’ve drawn the map.
•  Make a camera out of construction paper. Cut out a rectangle shape and make a hole for the view finder in the top corner.
•  Make a photo album and draw pictures of your family. Take a piece of construction paper and divide into four. Draw a picture of you, your friends and family on each page.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!