The Cricket in Times Square - Vocabulary

Updated: 4/21/2017
The Cricket in Times Square - Vocabulary
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Cricket in Times Square Lesson Plans

The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden

Lesson Plans by Ashley Trudeau

The story opens with a young boy, named Mario Bellini, working the night shift at his family’s struggling newsstand, down in a subway station. While he is trying to sell magazines and old papers to commuters, he hears a strange noise, a chirping sound. It is a sound that does not belong down in the subway, or even in New York City. Mario follows the sound and finds a small cricket. He decides, after some pleading with his mother, that the cricket will be his new pet and live in the newsstand, in a tiny matchbox.

The Cricket in Times Square

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The Cricket in Times Square Vocabulary activities

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  • Woah! Check out this old building!
  • Yeah, it's totally ruined!
  • (V.) to fill the air and swell outwards. Typical of clouds, smoke, or steam. "Clouds of smoke billowed up."
  • (Adj.) reduced to a state of decay, collapse, or disintegration. "He fetched the ruined two-dollar bill from the cash register."
  • (N.) warm approval or admiration "He had special praise for Chester's 'phrasing,' by which he meant the neat way the cricket played all the notes..."
  • Encore!
  • Amazing!
  • Awesome!
  • Bravo!