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Alpacas with Maracas Book Study.
This packet includes ready to go literacy and art activities for a variety of levels from Kinder to Grade 3 so you can use one wonderful storybook across many classes.
Use this story companion after reading the delightful book Alpacas with Maracas by Matt Cosgrove. I am not affiliated with the author, and the book is not included.
Not only will your students LOVE this hilarious story, they'll also have fun with these follow-up activities targeting language, comprehension and literacy.
My products are designed in a clear, uncluttered format utilizing graphic organizers.
They are simple to read and are printer/ink friendly.
They are ready to print and go.
· USA: Simple Print in US Letter size (US spelling),
· Qld Beginners in A4 size (UK spelling).
· NSW Print in A4 size (UK spelling).
· Victorian print in A4 size (UK spelling).
· UK: Sassoon Primary Font in A4 size (UK spelling).
These high engagement, and differentiated Alpaca with Maracas activities include:
· A beginning, middle and end retell page.
· Story map for characters, setting, problem and solution.
· KWL chart (2 options provided- learnt or learned).
· Likes/ dislikes organizer for Macca and Al.
· Problem - solution organizer (1 with lines and 1 without).
· Compare and contrast characters using a Venn diagram.
· Character descriptions using adjectives and verbs.
· Character traits: inside/outside for Macca and Al
· Character traits: looks, feels, acts & thinks for Macca and Al
· Cut and paste character descriptions with answers
· 3 x Cut, paste & match rhyming words
· Cut and paste word sort for verbs and adjectives (with answers).
· Word sort for nouns, verbs and adjectives (with answers).
· 5 Writing prompts to make connections about the text in 2 formats, a worksheet to write on, or multiple writing prompts on a page to save on photocopying.
· 2 sentence transformations.
· Cut and paste and labelling activity.
· Book reviews, generic and text specific.
· Design you own Maracas craft.
· Art template for Macca and Al.
Beginning Middle End
Identifying the most important event from the beginning, middle and end of the story helps a reader understand how organization, sequence, and plot make a good story. This can then be applied to their own writing. Teaching students to retell occurrences in a story helps them become more accurate in summarizing and monitoring their understanding.
A graphic organizer, such as a story map, can help students visually organize a story's elements, increasing their ability to retell, summarize, and comprehend the story.
This activity gives students practice with sentence structure (Syntax). Transforming words that are out of order forces students to think about each word in a sentence rather than only memorizing an entire phrase without understanding the importance of structure.
Making connections is thinking about the text in relation to ourselves, other texts, and the world. Making connections provides the basis for learning, as students connect new information with their own experiences. This develops fluency with their comprehension skills.
Identifying character traits is important for reading comprehension. When students better understand the characters they read about, reading becomes more fun. Graphic organizers are an effective tool for helping students learn about and analyze characters in a text.
Identifying rhyming words
Rhyming is a basic phonological awareness skill that develops a beginning understanding of the way sounds work within words. When students learn rhyming words, they are developing the ability to:
1. Break words down into smaller words.
2. Learn the rhythm of the written and spoken word.
3. Learn word families such as den, ben, ten, men, and pen.
4. Increases ability to spell new words.
Literal, Inferential, and Evaluative Question Answering
Literal questions have responses that are directly stated in the text.
Inferential questions have responses that are indirectly stated, induced, or require other information.
Evaluative questions require the reader to formulate a response based on their opinion.
These questions will enhance your students reading comprehension and critical thinking skills as they learn to search for clues and symbolism in the stories they read.