Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes is a great book to start the year off. It's also a great book to integrate the common core language arts standards! Chrysanthemum is all about a young mouse who loves her name until she goes to school where all the children make fun of it. Chrysanthemum works through who feelings and with the help of her parents and Mrs. Twinkle she and her class learn to love her name.
This bundle includes the following activities (Common Core Standards are posted on each page):
Story Elements Mini Lesson page 3
Identifying Character Traits Graphic Organizers pages 4 - 6
Identifying the Setting Activity page 7
Identifying the Problem and Solution Graphic Organizer page 8
Retell Mini Lesson pages 9 & 10
Practice Retelling Activity pages 11 & 12
Identifying Details Mini Lesson pages 13 & 14
Comprehension Questions page 15
Identifying Details Graphic Organizers pages 16 & 17
Response to Literature Graphic Organizer page 18
Response to Literature Writing Paper page 19
Vocabulary Mini Lesson pages 20 - 22
Vocabulary Cards page 23
Vocabulary Application Practice pages 24 & 25
Sentences Start with Capitals page 26
What is a noun? Page 27
Common and Proper Nouns page 28
Noun and Verb Sort page 29
Writing Names page 30
Common and Proper Nouns page 31
Period Punctuation Practice page 32
Question Mark Punctuation Practice page 33
Punctuation Sort page 34
Read, Write & Draw Practice pages 35 & 36
Self Portrait with Name page 37
Write a Letter to Make Chrysanthemum Feel Better page 38
Sequencing Cards and Sentences pages 39 & 40
Reading Response page 41
Each activity has been created to support the Common Core's high standard of higher level thinking. Therefore, depending on the dynamics of your class, I suggest using the content of these pages as a starting point to be done in whole group if you are a first grade teacher introducing these concepts. I also suggest that you come back to this book as the year progresses and your students become more comfortable with the first grade standards.
For the second grade teachers, I would use each activity and response sheet as a review of what your second graders learned in first grade.
Happy reading and writing!