Skills Building: Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote (PK-5)

Written and Illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh

TEKS: Reading K.5(D); 1.6(D); 2.6(D); 3.6(D); 4.6(D); 5.6(D)

Pre Reading Questions

  1. Share a time when you needed help solving a problem.
  2. Who in your life can help you solve problems?
  3. How do you know when you have a problem that you need help solving?

Post Reading Questions

  1. What were some of the problems that the characters in the book faced?
  2. Was Pancho Rabbit able to solve his problems on his own?
  3. Who helped him solve his problems?
  4. What was Pancho’s plan before he tried to find his father?
  5. How do you feel when you can’t solve problems on your own?

Creative Enrichment Activity: Roosters, Rams and Rabbits: Game Plus Craft (Pre-K-5)

Overview: In Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote, Papa Rabbit, Señor Rooster and Señor Ram leave to find work in the North. Their families come together to help each other and plan a fiesta for their return. Today we’ll play Play Roosters, Rams and Rabbits and practice communicating to find one another.


White poster board for groups of 7 or fewer students
● Packs of markers (1 pack for every 3 students)

Duration: 30 Minutes

3 minutes – Explain animal sound game
7 minutes – Play the game
2 minutes – Explain group drawing
13 minutes – Poster drawing
5 minutes – Reflect on the activity

Instructions (Animal Sound Game)

  1. Assign each child to be either a rabbit, rooster or ram. Tell them that their job is to locate other animals of their kind by the sounds they make. 
  2. Ask for volunteers to make rabbit, rooster and ram noises. If no one comes up with a rabbit sound, suggest “crunch” for eating a carrot (or other crunching sounds).
  3. Tell the class to close their eyes because it is night time. When the teacher says to begin, they should make their animal sound and carefully move toward another animal making the same sound.
  4. The game ends when all the animals have found their kind. Tell the animals to give each other a high-five.
  5. Play again assigning students a different animal (time permitting).

Reflection Questions

  • What challenges did you have trying to find your fellow animals?
  • How did it feel to find another animal like you?
  • What other strategies might make finding similar animals easier?

Craft Instructions (Group Drawing)

  1. Tell each group that they will work together to draw their animal. 
  2. Separate the three animal groups so they each have enough room to work on the floor around a poster board. Explain that they will work together to draw their animal and its habitat. 
  3. Have them discuss who will draw the animal and who will draw the background. Everyone will work together, drawing at the same time on the same poster board. They should cover as much of the poster board as possible.
  4. Pass out the markers and allow them to draw for 10-12 minutes.

Reflection Questions

  • How did you decide who would draw which part?
  • What was easy about working together?
  • What do you like about your group’s artwork?