A Trip to the Firehouse: Common Core Lesson Resource Pack

Grade Levels
1st, 2nd, 3rd
Common Core Standards
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Spot won’t be the only one having fun when you teach this story! Here's the gear you need to align this story to the Common Core!

List of Contents:

Sight Word List with Homework Page
This is a list of the high frequency sight words that students specifically need to know for success when reading A Trip to the Firehouse.

Vocabulary Matrix
This is a list of Tier 2 vocabulary words with scaffolding to support the production of complete sentences. A larger vocabulary is the #1 key to success for students!

Vocabulary Journal Pages
I’m really excited about this new addition to my collection of standards-based resources! Inspired by Marzano’s research into vocabulary acquisition, it gives students another way to approach tier 2 language.

Signature Bingo
This vocabulary reinforcement game is a twist on traditional Bingo, and will have your students talking to each other about their words! Easy to implement, and to play!

Semantic Map for “Gear”
Students zero in on this very useful vocabulary word- making connections between camping gear, (Henry and Mudge!) familiar sports gear, and the introduced gear of the firefighter.

Song Lyrics for “The Dalmatian at the Station!”
Sung to the tune of “The Wheels on the Bus”, students have a blast reviewing the story through song. The hoses go whoosh! The valves go click! And the fun just grows and grows!

2 Grow Lists for Words that Describe Sounds
This first organizer is so much fun to complete! Using the concept of onomatopoeia, students identify animals and the imitative sound words that describe them.
The second organizer is for listing other onomatopoeic words- beginning with the ones that students have already covered in the Houghton Mifflin Anthology! This organizer will stand as a rich resource for descriptive writing words- just add it to the writing folder!
I have included comprehensive lists for the teacher for both organizers.

Text-Dependent Questions
These questions dig deep into interpreting illustrations, story structure, comprehension, author's craft, and main idea.

Response to Literature
Short constructed response is an element that will be part of the new standardized testing norm. Here is an easy way to make this a part of your routine.

Story Test in Multiple-Choice/Short Response Format
This 6-question test contains 4 multiple choice and 2 short response questions. It tests for main idea, clarifying word meanings, using illustrations to derive meaning, and basic comprehension.

Craftivity with Writing Feature:

Fire Truck Craft
Your students will enjoy making a fire truck of their own! Included are templates for tracing and cutting, and diagrams with step-by-step instructions for the teacher to make assembly simple! They can display them proudly with the writing activity that follows!

Prewriting Organizers and Final Draft for Craftivity
Using the rich resources provided by the grow list for animal sounds, your kiddos will use these organizers (2 levels of difficulty for tailored instruction) to hone their writer’s craft.

Don’t be left out! Fire-engine red is the new black! You heard it here first!

But seriously, please take a look at the preview if you teach this story. :-)

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2 Weeks

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A Trip to the Firehouse: Common Core Lesson Resource Pack
A Trip to the Firehouse: Common Core Lesson Resource Pack
A Trip to the Firehouse: Common Core Lesson Resource Pack
A Trip to the Firehouse: Common Core Lesson Resource Pack