Strengthen your students' comprehension by providing the necessary tools to help them master some of the most difficult literature standards. This standards-based bundle includes many engaging activities that will help empower your students' to dig deeper into the stories they read, as well as make planning so much easier. See the details below for each toolkit.
✨Finding the Themes & Central Messages in Literature RL 3.2, RL 4.2, RL 5.2:
Determining theme & central message in literature is one of the most difficult standards to teach. Provide your students with the proper tools and resources to help them be successful. This standards-based toolkit is LOADED with all the essential resources necessary for teaching your students how to find the theme and central message in any story, including folktales, fables, or fairy tales, as well as successfully summarizing the stories during the process. With so many resources in this toolkit, you can scaffold or differentiate your instruction the way you see fit to best meet your student's needs.
✨Please see tips for teaching theme & central message and grab some free samples on my blog.
In this toolkit, you get:
✔ An introduction to teaching theme and message.
This understanding is key to effective instruction that guides students in the right direction with this common core expectation.
✔ A colorful anchor chart
that can be displayed all year and will become students’ go-to reference for helping them think about the big ideas and central messages found in the many stories they read.
✔ Student Bookmarks
for theme reference
✔ Theme Definition Mini-Posters
- defining each theme (compliments the anchor chart)
✔ Double-Sided Flipbook
- can be used with any story
✔ 2 Journal Responses (2 versions)
✔ 5 colored graphic organizers
(2 of which have different formats: horizontal & vertical) that can be used as a tool for modeled lessons throughout the year. You can either…
display on your SmartBoard as you model the process during whole group think aloud,
display in the classroom (as a laminated poster) to be reused with each read aloud lesson.
✔ Blackline masters
of the graphic organizers for student copies that can be used…
- during modeled lessons
- as a writing response task to your read aloud (once students have had practice with it)
- during students’ independent reading time (with self-selected stories)
- as they listen to a story at a center or online
- as a formative assessment task with any passage or story
✔ Readers’ Notebook Vocabulary templates
for learning theme vocabulary such as compassion, perseverance, etc.
✔ Character Quote Bubble Activities
- Students apply their knowledge of themes by creating character quotes
✔ 3 Mini-assessments
to check understanding of theme vocabulary, identify themes of story scenarios, and a written response check for theme and message to be used with any story
✔ Open Response and Rubric
that can be used with any story
✔ 3 completed story samples
to have at your fingertips as you begin to guide students through the process during your modeled lessons. (The Empty Pot, Seven Spools of Thread, & Ant and Grasshopper)
✔ Theme Vocabulary (added 2018)
to help your students grasp vocabulary through application and real-world connections
✔ 3 Center Task Activity (colored & blackline versions included)
: (A scaffolded approach) Matching Themes with Their Definitions, Matching Themes with Character Quotes & Matching Themes with Various Messages
Each center Task includes:
- Center task directions for students (Colored Copy)
- A set of Task Card Matches (in two versions: a colored version & a blackline version)
- Student answer form (labeled with the common core standards)
- Answer key
Note: The task cards are already mismatched on each page for your convenience. Copies can be given to students as is, and they can cut and match accordingly.
Determining the Message using AEIOU Organizer is the original work of Cherie Altman, Copyright © October 2015 Cherie Altman
✨ Describing Characters, Settings, & Events RL 4.3 ~
Engage your students in analyzing characters (traits & feelings), settings, and events while building critical vocabulary that is key to understanding these literary elements. This standards-based toolkit contains all the essential resources for guiding students in examining details to better understand and describe characters, settings, and events in depth. The graphic organizers, interactive notebook template activities, vocabulary templates, and journal activities are specifically designed for teaching RL 4.3, yet are versatile and can be used with any story/passage or in any instructional setting, whether it be with read alouds, guided reading, independent reading, partner reading, during listening center, or even as formative assessments. The posters will become students' go-to resource for identifying and using specific language to describe characters’ traits and feelings, as well as the mood and tone of story settings and events. This kit also includes four task card center activities to give students additional practice with this standard.
This toolkit includes:
✔ One Character Traits Poster- organized so that opposite traits are adjacent from each other for students' easy reference
✔ One Character Feelings Poster- designed to help students be more specific when describing a character's feelings
✔ One Setting Poster- defines this element and how it helps the reader
✔ One Mood Poster- defines and gives common lists of words to describe the mood created by the setting
✔ 8 Graphic Organizers for the purpose of teaching this standard
✔ Student bookmarks for independent reading reference/response to reading
✔ 2 Foldable activities for students' reading notebooks
✔ 4 RL 4.3 Journal Activities for student response to independent reading. (Cut to fit in reading composition journal. Can be reused throughout the year for different books or lessons.)
✔ Traits and Feelings Vocabulary Activities for interactive / reader's notebook
✔ Traits and Feelings Assessment Checks
✔ 4 Reading Center Task Activities for identifying and inferring traits & feelings (a scaffold approach)
✽ Each Center Task includes:
-Center task directions for students (colored copy)
-A set of 12 Task Cards (colored version & a blackline versions)
-Two types of answer forms- students can match by number and record on an answer form or cut and paste matches to record
Note: all posters, graphic organizers, journal activities and center tasks materials are labeled with the specific common core standard for your convenience.
Center Task Cards are already mismatched for your convenience, so there is very little prep time.
✨ Point of View & Perspective Common Core RL 3.6 & RL 4.6
Teaching point of view & perspective can be a difficult standard to teach. This common core toolkit
is packed with over thirty rigorous (but engaging) activities intentionally designed to teach point of view using five fun mentor texts specifically selected to explore this topic. Please see tips for teaching point of view and grab a freebie sample on my blog.
These activities have been created with the purpose of teaching students how to:
✔ Determine the narrator’s or character's perspective within a story based on their experience, beliefs, values, and attitudes
✔ Distinguish between the character’s or narrator’s point of view and that of the reader’s
✔ Evaluate the narrator’s or character’s perspective
✔ Determine the points of view from which stories are narrated
✔ Describe how the narrator’s point of view influences the way a story is told
✔ Compare and contrast the points of view from which different stories are told
✔ Infer and describe how an account of a story would be different if narrated from a different point of view
✔ Describe how a character’s perspective can change within a story
✔ Determine which important details within a story support all of the above
: Point of view, perspective, and viewpoint are used interchangeably for instructional purposes, however distinguishing between point of view from which a story is narrated and a character's or narrator's point of view (perspective) is made clear throughout activities.
This resource toolkit includes:
✎ 2 Point of View Anchor Charts
✎ 9 Activities for The Day the Crayons Quit
✎ 6 Activities for I Wanna Iguana
✎ 6 Activities for Hey, Little Ant
✎ 9 Activities for The Ant Bully
✎ 6 Activities for Three Hens and a Peacock
✎ Answer keys where applicable
✸ 15 resources for teaching point of view and perspective with ANY
story (including 3 foldables that can be used in students' reading notebooks)
Activities for each story are designed specifically for that story, with the exception of the 15 resources to be used with any story or passage. RL 3.6 RL 4.6
Answer keys for activities offer guidance with teaching point of view.
Note: For each story, there are writing activities that can be used as springboards for teaching opinion writing.
See what other teachers are syaing about this bundle:
Bethany A. wrote: "This is absolutely wonderful! Complete units on such difficult to teach standards that I could use right away in my classroom! Engaging and thorough!"
Kristin W. wrote: "This bundle has a lot of great resources that help bring ELA content to life! I love the picture books that are used to help the kids make connections."
Katie B. wrote: "This is absolutely fabulous! I bought this primarily for next year, but am already pulling parts to use now. The kids have responded well to the difference in HOW we do what we have been doing. Thanks for the great product!"
Kirbi M. wrote: "Coming from 1st to 4th, this is JUST what I needed. Thank you for making it so easy to teach these standards!"
Tracey Scott wrote: "Great resource. I was unsure of how to really teach these standards until I bought this packet."
Dawn Medina wrote: "It's nice to have such a great resource handy that covers multiple standards."
Some More Standards-Based Resources You Might Like:
• Character Trait Texting 3rd Grade RL3.3 4th Grade RL4.3
• Context Clues Toolkit 3rd & 4th Grade Common Core RL3.4 RL4.4
• Fables & Fairy Tales 3rd Grade 4th Grade RL3.2 RL4.2 RL5.2 RL3.3 RL4.3
• Nonfiction Text Structures 3rd Grade RI3.8 4th Grade RI4.5 5th Grade RI5.5