There’s nothing more trendy than a mustache story, unless it’s a mustache story that teaches the Common Core standards!
List of Contents:
Sight Word List CCSS RF.2.3 and 2.4
Students practice these high frequency words to automaticity, improving both comprehension and fluency.
Sight Word Homework Page
This is a parent-friendly homework that gives extra practice time for the sight words.
Vocabulary Matrix CCSS SL.2.6
This is a list of Tier 2 vocabulary words with scaffolding to support the production of complete sentences. This page fosters ORAL language practice. A growing body of research points to vocabulary acquisition as the most accurate predictor of success for students!
Vocabulary Journal Pages CCSS L.2.4.a
WRITTEN work where students create definitions in their own words, represent vocabulary with labeled pictures, and record related words, shades of meaning, and other important information.
Signature Bingo CCSS L.2.3
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 fun to play!
Multiple Meaning Word Study CCSS L.2.4 and L.2.2.e
These organizer pages give students the opportunity to explore a 2nd or even 3rd meaning for words encountered in Big Bushy Mustache. Active dictionary skills are included in the Common Core, and this is a perfect place to begin developing those.
Pronunciation Guide for Big Bushy Mustache CCSS RI.2.5
Our students need to be familiar with and know how to use various text features. I know my kids are at first confused by the pronunciations that follow difficult or foreign words. Here is a fun opportunity to practice using a pronunciation guide, and recognizing the purpose behind this structure.
Real-Life Connections between Words and Their Uses:
Different Uses for “SLICE” CCSS L.2.5.a
Kids LOVE real-life connection pieces! They will brainstorm ways we use the word "slice" to come up with a body of examples. Then comes the good part: establish a set of "rules" that guide our use of this word. Great critical thinking skills accompanied by rich vocabulary exploration.
Irregular Past Tense Verb Organizer CCSS L.2.1.d
The Common Core standard is for frequently used irregular past tense verbs, and this story abounds in them! A grow list organizer is and excellent way to review these, and a great reference page for any student, including ELL’s. My students glue or tape their grow list pages into journals where they then have the ability to go back and add to their pages, or look up information already recorded. The best part is that they sometimes do this without me even prompting!
Discussion Questions for Teacher-Led Conversations
These questions dig deep into understanding author's craft, story structure, meaning conveyed through illustrations, and even poetic devices! This is the heart of a close read!
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. I like to do some of these questions as a team activity, and some of them whole group, depending on the complexity of the response.
Story Sequencing Activity
Students retell the story after arranging and gluing the ten sentence strips in the correct order onto the accompanying worksheet. The worksheet has printed boxes that make organizing the strips a snap!
Story Test in Multiple-Choice/Short Response Format
This 6-question test contains 4 multiple choice and 2 short response questions. Here is a chance for your students to practice some of the Common Core testing formats: short constructed response, and a multiple-choice question with more than one correct answer.
Narrative Prompt CCSS W.2.3 Students are to write narratives that have well-elaborated details, use temporal words, and provide a sense of closure. This prompt guides them to write about a time when they lost or misplaced an item that was important to them.
Writing Organizers CCSS W.2.6
1. Prewriting Organizer – Students can get the wheels turning with a drawing of their lost item, a written description, and a first attempt at a beginning, middle, and end to their story.
2. Box Organizer – This can be used prior to the rough draft as a way to make sure the topic sentence, temporal words, story sequence, and conclusion are all in place.
3. Final Draft Page - Includes an area for a student illustration of their lost item.
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