1. Motels – Most kids will have been on a road trip before. Ask them what they like to do in a motel. “What’s the funniest thing you ever did in a motel?” Or the weirdest? Ask children to tell, write, illustrate something about their experience. Build on their identification with Keith in the Mountain View Inn.
2. Pets – Ralph is, essentially, a pet – though an unexpected one. Most children have visions or dreams of things they could do with their own pets – some real and prosaic, others actual unlikely-to-be-realized dreams. Again – ask children to tell about them. Ask them to write or draw about such fantasies.
8. Read more – Encourage families – or even classrooms – or mere students – to read more Beverly Cleary. I’d suggest they start with the two Ralph sequels – and Runaway Ralph (1970) and Ralph S. Mouse (1983). But there are plenty of other Cleary titles – including the Ramona series – available. Remember to encourage and extend the ‘culture of reading’ – especially to those families least used to it. Perhaps even make some of these titles available and share them or recommend them to specific families that could use the tip.