Little Toot is a charming story about a real boat, a water taxi that operates in the Santa Barbara, California harbor. But you’ve never seen a boat with a personality like Little Toot! For a quick preview, click the link at the foot of the page to look at the Annie’s Books Online version.
Readers are invited to get on board for a ride, with Little Toot pointing out everything along the way. There is much to see, made more vivid by movies of sailboats, sea lions, pelicans, and a an exciting rescue of a sinking inflatable raft by the Harbor patrol.
Drive The Boat
Better yet, the reader drives the boat and has a chance to toot the whistle at any time throughout the trip. The vocabulary is about first grade level, but younger students will enjoy hearing the story read aloud and the sights during the ride will interest older students as well.
For a preview of Little Toot, click a link on this page just above the Downloads section to read the online version, complete with the movies. Then download the version that works best for you. There are also comprehension tests in the usual formats.
There is an online version of Little Toot, and downloadable versions for Clicker 5®, HyperStudio 5®, My Own Bookshelf®, PowerPoint®, and IntelliTools Classroom Suite®. There is also a PDF version to use onscreen or to print, but it does not include movies.
The Classroom Suite version includes both the book and test in one file, and has custom IntelliKeys® overlays attached. There is a Dynavox® version of both overlays. See the Special Needs Access section on the System Reqs page for information on controlling the Classroom Suite version from PRC devices.
Refer to the HyperStudio is Back! page for information about downloading players to run the HS5 version of this activity. Check the Help page for information about players for My Own Bookshelf and PowerPoint.
The Clicker 5 versions of Little Toot include the book and test as an integrated study unit with a menu grid. For details on integrated study units, click here. Because of the many movies, there are separate optimized versions for Clicker 5 for Mac and Win.
There is a test in Test Me Score Me® format to use with the My Own Bookshelf version, and a Microsoft Word® format test that could be taken after reading the book online, in PowerPoint, or in the PDF version.
You can download jigsaw puzzles in three formats that feature Little Toot. There is a HyperStudio 5 puzzle with draggable pieces, a Classroom Suite puzzle, and a PDF puzzle to mount on a backing and cut apart. The Classroom Suite puzzle is cause and effect, and lets the user choose the pieces in any order to remove them and reveal the puzzle. There is also a link to an ONLINE Little Toot jigsaw puzzle under the Online Links-Activities section below.
You’ll find the links to download the PDF puzzle and the HyperStudio 5 puzzle from this page in the downloads section for those applications as separate files. The Classroom Suite puzzle is included in the same zip file with the book and test.
To find out more about the real Little Toot, look for a link on the Credits page of the online version to visit Little Toot’s very own web page.
Applications needed: Classroom Suite, Clicker 5, HyperStudio 5, My Own Bookshelf, Test Me Score Me, PowerPoint, Acrobat Reader, Microsoft Word, QuickTime
Subject area: Reading.
Level: Grades 1-3
Online Little Toot Puzzle link: Click Here . Description: Puzzle made from a photo of the Little Toot boat hosted on the Jigsaw Planet web site. Give this a little time to load. For details on using Annie’s Puzzles Online, click here.
Note: Unfortunately, the online puzzles no longer work on Mac OSX 10.5 or earlier, as of May 2012, because of a security risk in the Java plug-in that is required to run them. For details on using Annie’s Puzzles Online, click here.
littleToot.pdf (7.8 MB) Little Toot book to print or read onscreen. No movies. Acrobat Reader.
LittleTootPrintPuzzle.zip (2.5 MB) Little Toot puzzle to print and complete and instructions. For off-computer use. Acrobat Reader.
TootComprehension.doc.zip (1.4 MB) Little Toot comprehension test to print. Microsoft Word.
LittleTootClickMac.zip (48.7 MB) Little Toot interactive book and comprehension test study unit in Clicker 5 MAC. Has QuickTime movies.
LittleTootClickWin.zip (43.2 MB) Little Toot interactive book and comprehension test study unit in Clicker 5 WIN. Has AVI (Indeo compression) movies.
LittleTootSuite.zip (64.1 MB) Zip file includes Little Toot interactive book, Little Toot puzzle, and comprehension test to import into Classroom Suite v.3 or later. Custom IntelliKeys overlays attached.
LittleTootDynavox.zip 614 KB) Little Toot book, puzzle, and test overlays saved as Dynavox package files.
LittleToot.stack (1.1 MB) Little Toot interactive book in HyperStudio 5
LittleTootComprehension.stack (2.8 MB) Comprehension multiple choice test on Little Toot for HyperStudio 5.
TootPuzzle.stack (2.8 MB) Little Toot puzzle for HyperStudio 5.
LittleTootMBS.zip (50.3 MB) Folder with Little Toot book and movies to import into My Own Bookshelf.
LittleTootTestTMSM.zip (4.3 MB) Test on Little Toot story using clip art for answers. Requires Test Me Score Me.
LittleTootPPT.zip (58.3 MB) Little Toot interactive book saved as a .ppt file. decompress file into final location so that ppt file and movies folder links hold. PowerPoint 2003 or later.