This is one of my favorite books to use in my quilt social studies unit that I teach to my second grade class! This story written by Deborah Hopkinson depicts the life of a young slave that creates a quilt to secretly tell the way to freedom. My product includes vocabulary printables that can help r
Graphic organizers to help support your readers with Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson.
Inside you will find:
About the Author Research Activity
Characters/Plot/Setting Graphic Organizer
Character/Character Traits Graphic Organizer
All About Clara: Describe Clara's Character an
This Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt supplemental activity/project incorporates writing, black history, art, and measurement.
Based on what they learn about quilts from the picture book, students create their own freedom quilt and then write a paragraph about the path to freedom
There are 21 thought provoking questions about character motivation, inference, analyzing and gathering evidence, and author's craft. Scholars are also asked how they can apply this story to their lives. I have added a brief history on the quilt's role in the Underground Railroad and a resource pag
Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt
This is a story study for Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson. 11 pages of student work, plus an answer key!
This Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt story study includes the following:
• Story study title page for students
• Before reading works
Literature activities to correlate with "Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt."
Activities included are:
Predicting - multiple activities
Beginning Middle End
Story Elements - multiple activities
Main idea with details
Cause and Effect
Character traits - multiple activities
Who What When Where Why H
Literature Guides are 16-18 page ready-to-print PDF files. They include: (Contents vary with titles - Over 300 titles) * Exciting Booktalk That Introduces New Vocabulary in Context * Open-ended Pre-reading Journal Sentence Starters and Activities * No Simple Recall Exercises * Author Information * H
Reading Strategies Professional Development Video for Teachers of Grades 1 and 2
This reading strategies e-class is 340 minutes of explanation about teaching reading strategies to first and second graders. The three kinds of text connections, back-up and re-read, asking questions, d
These five writing prompts are great discussion starters or responding pieces for any class. If you are looking for something to use during the reading process for responding or exploring, these five prompts will allow students to begin processing their thoughts.
Everything you need for a complete literature study on Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson! There are many ways to use these resources. Copy as an entire packet, or copy pages individually! This can be for a small book club or for the whole class!
Inside you will find:
This is a 3 week unit of work which looks at how African American slaves used hidden codes in quilts to assist them to escape slavery in America. The book is called 'Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt' by Deborah Hopkinson. It is an inspiring book which the pupils, I have taught, have been really eng
Quilt Square to be used when reading Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt. Can be used to draw your favorite part of the story, as a summary activity etc...Make a pretty display when mounted on construction paper and pieced together.
Mentor sentences are the perfect way to teach grammar and author's craft through examples of excellent sentences from your favorite read-aloud books! This unit will be a great way to integrate Social Studies in with your mentor sentences during your study of the Underground Railroad and Civil War! I
This organizer is great to use for stories such as:
-The Keeping Quilt
-The Josefina Story Quilt
-Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt
-The Patchwork Quilt
-The Name Quilt
-The Quiltmaker's Gift, The Quiltmaker's Journey
-Little House on the Prairie Series
OR, during any type of "Pioneer Days" unit!
Power Point for students with printable work pages.
Please see the preview for a freebie and more information about this product.
The most difficult of the seven reading strategies is synthesizing.
You might like my free synthesizing professional development video at this link
This is the PDF only Version of my Reading Strategies product on TpT. Little preparation other than printing is required.
There is a freebie in the preview PDF file.
These are the student pages and teaching posters.
Interactive student notebook foldables are included.
Do your students love listening to stories? Do they love technology? Well, here's a combo of the two!
These codes link to popular stories for upper elementary students -- great for listening centers! There are 27 different stories - see the list below.
*Train to Somewhere by Eve Bunting
I teach a Quilt thematic unit at the end of the year. You know that time of the year when you scramble to find activities to keep your students engaged when really all they want to do is play in the sun! So one of the books that I love to read is "The Patchwork Quilt" by Valerie Flournoy. Did you kn
My students love listening to content rich, engaging read alouds. I constantly change our listen to reading books based on the holiday's and our theme subjects. These 19 printable QR codes are the perfect way to incorporate these read alouds into your classroom library.
All the QR codes are linked
Students create an Underground Railroad Quilt as part of an art history project, social studies lesson, or as part of Black History Month. It is recommended that students read or are read "Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt" so they have the necessary background knowledge.
Books are a GREAT resource for teaching and reinforcing the Habits of Mind!
"Many schools are using books and movies as means to explore and give examples of the Habits of Mind. As students become more familiar with the Habits of Mind they become a powerful analysis tool to investigate the behavior
A Black History Month Listening Library:
Included are 14 stories with SafeShare.tv QR codes.
All SafeShare.tv links and QR codes are safe to share with children without being afraid that they can get to potentially inappropriate content. Free of ads and outside links.
Print these out for your lit
This product was created to go along with the story “The Quilt Story” written by Tony Johnston and Tomie dePaola. The bundle includes vocabulary/sight word cards to help improve fluency if students are expected to read on their own. There is a set of pre-reading questions that are designed for stude
Use these task cards after studying the Underground Railroad. One has students making a wanted poster for a runaway slave and another task card has them making a slave quilt. Each task card has easy to follow directions and grading. Use for group work, extension acitivites or homeowrk. My students e
Want to include spatial thinking in your ELA unit? Try this mini unit on the Underground Railroad and Freedom Quilts! After reading a mentor text, students create their own Underground Railroad escape plan and turn their physical map into instructions on a Freedom Quilt! Suggested text is Sweet Clar
This is a Historical Literature Cubing Activity that uses the book Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt
This packet includes:
summary of the story
Cubing Activity (Describe, Compare, Associate, Analysis, Application, Argumentation)
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THE TARANTULA IN MY PURSE, An Autobiography, Written and Illustrated by Jean Craig
This 109 page download contains eight different lesson plans for literary & informational text read alouds. These read alouds are specific to the Underground Railroad. Each plan features reading, writing, listening and speaking. There are also collaborative grouping ideas as well.