Ten common adages & proverbs are featured in this Common Core State Standard aligned reading comprehension and language development product. The activities provided in these materials promote active engagement in the reading process as students identify adages exemplified in short stories that portray scenarios familiar to 3rd – 5th grade students.
This product provides students with several opportunities to familiarize themselves with common proverbs & adages. The first ten pages follow the same format. Each page includes a short story based on one of the ten adages included with a theme &/or setting familiar to grade school students. Students read the passage, then:
1. Write the adage they think is exemplified in the text
2. Locate a designated word (in bold print) in the passage, use context to determine its meaning, then look up the definition in the resource material suggested by the teacher.
3. Read five sentences and decide which of the sentences can be inferred as correct based on text evidence. Students pick a color of their choice, underline the sentence that can be inferred, then underline phrases or sentences within the passage that provide text evidence to support their choice. If more than one sentence is chosen, a different color needs to be used for each underlining task so the sentence can be matched with the specific text evidence that provides support.
4. Write a paragraph based on a writing prompt that correlates with the passage, generally requiring the student to make personal connections with the adage’s message.
In addition to the ten passages and activities, the material includes:
• “Fancy Adages”- each of the adages is rewritten using vocabulary that may be unfamiliar. Students use vocabulary resources suggested by the teacher to look up definitions and figure out which adage each sentence represents.
• 2 Writing templates (each with ½ of an 8 X 11 page formatting)
- 1 adage/proverb printed on each page with blank space to be used for an illustration- student or teacher choice as to whether the illustration represents the literal or the figurative meaning of the saying.
- 1 adage/proverb printed on each page followed by the sentence stem “I think this adage means…”
• “Family Homework” Students lead a family conversation centered on common adages resulting in a writing and drawing assignment to be shared in class
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