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This is a great book to read several times a year. Read it in the spring when you are studying plants/life cycles. Read it for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day or Father’s Day to discuss unconditional love. Read it in November for Thanksgiving and your autumn theme (leaves).
This resource has activities that are differentiated and therefore can be used with a wide range of skill levels. Suggestions are given along with a 5-day lesson plan with activities built into each lesson. Many Common Core standards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade are covered along with many sight words (high frequency words).
Students are read the book multiple times with various objectives so that they can begin to understand the emotions and implications of the story. This fairly comprehensive 152 page resource includes a 5-Day Suggested Lesson Plan which covers many skills and several center activities. Most pages include color and black and white for your printing preferences. Incorporated activities:
♡ Prior Knowledge – Activate and assess with graphic organizers.
♡ Vocabulary – Many activities for whole group (or small group) instruction as well as center and independent activities.
♡ Writing Activities – Class book where students write about unconditional love, writing a different ending to the story, writing about what makes them happy, writing activity about character traits and one other additional writing activity.
♡ Story Element Posters – 11 posters to pick and choose from depending on the level of your class. Posters are for: Characters, Setting, Problem, Solution, Plot, Non-Fiction, Fiction, Author, Illustrator, Photographer, Title
♡ Story Element Puzzles – Center Activity with recording sheet for accountability. Answer key included.
♡ Story Element “Tree” – Writing activity with photo instructions.
♡ Spin a Vocabulary Word - Center Activity with photo instructions for making a spinner that is (almost) kid proof! Play with a partner or play alone. Answer key provided.
♡ Student Sight Word Reader with Repetitive Text – Two pages per sheet to save on printing.
♡ Who Am I – Activity for whole and or small group instruction and also includes instructions for the activity to be added to your Pocket Chart Center.
♡ Character Traits – Posters and worksheet for writing.
♡ Vocabulary Word Search – Includes answer key.
♡ Punctuation and Capitalization – Includes answer key.
♡ Problem and Solution – Flapbook.
♡ Cause and Effect - Center Activity. Students match the cause (boy) to the effect (the tree). Answer key included along with suggestions on how to organize the activity.
♡ Sight Word Scrambled Sentences - Center Activity. Includes recording sheet, answer key, and suggestions for organization for the center.
Giving Tree Glyph – Teaches about glyphs, includes pieces to make the glyph according to the legend, data sheets, and examples.
Reading/Sequencing Center Activity. Two levels of reading. One is for confident readers, the other is for students who need additional support. Answer key included.
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