Back to School Read Alouds- Lesson Plans and Activities

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    Save BIG with this guided reading or interactive read aloud lesson plan and activities bundle that focuses on 20 mentor text picture books:

    • Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
    • Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
    • Ruby the Copycat by Peggy Rathmann
    • Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann
    • Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae
    • Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neale
    • Do Unto Otters by Laurie Keller
    • Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson
    • Enemy Pie by Derek Munson
    • Frederick by Leo Lionni
    • Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
    • My Name is Yoon by Helen Recorvits
    • Oliver Button is a Sissy by Tomie dePaola
    • What If Everybody Said That? by Ellen Javernick
    • You Are Special by Max Lucado
    • The Good Egg by Jory John
    • The Bad Seed by Jory John
    • What Do You Do With An Idea? by Kobi Yamada
    • What Do You Do With a Problem? by Kobi Yamada
    • What Do You Do With a Chance? by Kobi Yamada

    Great titles to start your year off right by getting to know your students. Create a positive classroom community! Step into discussions about classroom rules / classroom management. Titles chosen specifically for your primary learners during the first weeks of school!

    Lessons and activities focus on:

    • Summarizing key details
    • close reading for describing character feelings
    • using text evidence
    • describing character traits
    • comparing and contrasting
    • analyzing author's message / lesson

    The lesson plans include:

    • teacher script with strategic stopping points and questions for students to discuss
    • printable prompts for student post-reading responses through discussion in writing or reading response logs
    • 4-5 day plan
    • Discussion questions
    • Suggested discussion strategies
    • Strategic stopping points for questioning and close reading
    • Anchor chart examples
    • Sentence stems / frames for oracy and vocabulary development
    • Great for bilingual classrooms
    • Printable worksheets for written responses

    How to Use This Resource:

    • whole group
    • small group
    • as a reading  intervention
    • great for a substitute or sub folder
    • special education (SPED)
    • bilingual or Dual Language / DLI classrooms
    • with ELLs for ESL instruction
    • Great for K, 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade

    Your Kindergarten, first grade, second or third grade students will love these stories!

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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
    Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g., in books from a series).
    Explain how specific aspects of a text’s illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting).
    Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters.
    Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.


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