Walter the Baker

Walter the Baker

Author: Keisha Baker

The students will be able to:

  • listen, reflect, and respond to the story. This response will express both verbal and written emotional reactions and personal opinions.
  • discuss how people and governments depend on each other.
  • create a picture that demonstrates a job that is necessary to the community.

1.E.1 Understand basic economic concepts.

  • 1.E.1.3 Explain how supply and demand affects the choices families 
    and communities make. 

1.C&G.1 Understand the importance of rules. 

  • 1.C&G.1.2  Classify the roles of authority figures in the home, school and community (teacher, principal, parents, mayor, park rangers, game wardens, etc).

Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.


     When the cat spills all the milk and Walter the Baker must substitute water, the Duke and Duchess notice the difference in their favorite sweet rolls. The Duke presents Walter with a challenge: create from one piece of dough a roll the sun can shine through three times, or be banished from the Duchy. The task seems impossible, but after a few lucky accidents and a little help from his family, Walter presents the Duke with his invention — the pretzel.

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Questions to think about as you read/listen to Walter the Baker?

1. Should the Duke be able to send Walter away?

2.  Why did Walter want to stay?

3.  Why did the Duke want Walter to stay?

Walter the Baker by Eric Carle

Source: Lisa Foreman

Walter the Baker Vocabulary

Walter the Baker Vocabulary


banish - (v.) \ˈba-nish\ : to send (someone or something) away

desperation- (n.) \ˌdes-pə-ˈrā-shən\ :a strong feeling of sadness, fear, and loss of hope

duchess- (n.) \ˈdə-chəs\: the wife or widow of a duke

duchy- (n.) \ˈdə-chē\: an area of land that is controlled by a duke or duchess

duke- (n.) \ˈdük also ˈdyük\: a man of very high rank in the British nobility

: the ruler of an independent area of land

invent- (v.) \in-ˈvent\: to create or produce (something useful) for the first time

vain- (adj.) \ˈvān\: having no success : not producing a desired result


Answer the Questions

Now that you have read/listened to the story, answer the following questions:  


1.  Should the Duke be able to send Walter away?______________________________________________________________________




2. Why did Walter want to stay?________________________________________________________________________




3. Why did the Duke want Walter to stay?_________________________________________________________________________





Source: NC Learn

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