This is a resource for the story Carousel by Pat Cummings. The engaging activities are designed to promote your students' comprehension, vocabulary, language, and writing skills. It is aligned with the 2nd grade common core standards and includes the following:
Vocabulary Flashcards - Introduce and use these vocabulary flashcards throughout your study of Carousel. The flashcards are perfect for displaying on a word wall when the book study is complete.
Vocabulary Matching Puzzles – Students match the vocabulary word to the correct definition. These puzzles are self checking making them perfect for a center.
Vocabulary Graphic Organizer – You can use this activity as small group practice or as an assessment. The activity requires that the students think about the word in context, write their own definition, and then draw a picture to represent the word.
Vocabulary Task Cards – These 24 colorful task cards are a perfect way to review the vocabulary words for this story. The cards can be used with individual students, small groups, or as a center. A recording sheet has been included so that you can even use them as an assessment!
Vocabulary Assessment – Use this to assess how well your students understand their vocabulary words. The students show their understanding by matching the word to the correct definition, as well as completing each sentence with the correct vocabulary word.
Major Events vs. Interesting Details – This activity is perfect for helping students to distinguish between the important or major events in the story vs. those that just help to make the story more interesting. I have created this activity with large flashcards that you can use as a guided activity, as well as a printable worksheet that you can use as an assessment. You can them take this activity one step further by having the students use the major events to write a summary of the story.
How Characters Respond to Major Events Activity – Help your students to better understand the concepts of cause and effect as they use the text to determine how different characters respond to events in the story.
Letter Writing Prompt with Checklist – In this activity, students imagine that they are Alex and write an apology letter to her aunts. A checklist is included so that students can make sure that their work is complete and accurate. Teachers can use this same checklist to assess the writing.
Comprehension Questions - Use these questions to assess your students understanding of the story. There is a small language / grammar check-off at the bottom of the page. This just reminds students to use the skills they have learned in language in all of the writing they do. I often use that space at the bottom to give my students a separate language grade on the activity.
Journal Questions / Exit Tickets – These journal questions / exit tickets ask your students to think beyond what is stated in the text. They are a great way to assess your students’ understanding throughout the story and / or to spark good group conversations as the students share their writing.
Point of View Activity -Students must be able to acknowledge differences in points of view of characters. In this activity, the students will choose a character and retell part of the story from that character’s point of view.
Create Your Own Carousel Animal Journal – In this activity, students with use their imagination to design and write about their own carousel animal. You can extend this activity by having your students use clay to actually create a model of the carousel animal they designed.
Book Review – Opinion Writing - Students will write a book review of the story Carousel.
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