This resource is packed full of comprehension, vocabulary, phonics, and writing activities to support the story Exploring Parks with Ranger Dockett by Alice Flanagan. The activities require that the students not only demonstrate understanding of what is stated explicitly within the text, but that they also think beyond and about the text. The writing activities allow the students to show both their understanding, as well as their creativity.
This resource includes the following:
Vocabulary Flashcards - Introduce and use these vocabulary flashcards throughout your study of Exploring Parks with Ranger Dockett. Incorporate mini-lessons on word endings, syllables, and parts of speech. When finished with the story, the flashcards are perfect for displaying on a classroom word wall.
Vocabulary Game - This fun game allows your students to master the vocabulary words for this story. Students will get the opportunity to explore / represent the words in a variety of ways (synonyms, antonyms, definitions, pictures, etc.) while also working to be the first to the finish line!
Vocabulary Assessment - Use these 2 printables to assess your students understanding of the vocabulary words taught. I have included two different formats.
Park Rangers “Can / Are” Chart – This activity can serve as both a pre-reading activity, as well as a post-reading activity. Students can share their background knowledge about park rangers prior to reading and then add the things that they learned about rangers after reading the story.
Long / Short Vowel Sorting Cards – All of the words in this sorting activity came from the story Exploring Parks with Ranger Dockett. This activity is perfect for both whole group or small group instruction depending on the needs of your students.
Long / Short Vowel Assessment – This printable can be used to assess your students’ understanding of long and short vowel sounds.
Exploring Parks with Ranger Dockett Scavenger Hunt - Review a variety of language skills with this “Scavenger Hunt”.
Text Evidence Printable – It is very important that students be able to justify their thinking using evidence from the text. This printable requires that the students go back into the text to support some statements about Ranger Dockett.
Park Ranger Help Wanted Poster – Students will use what they have learned about park rangers from the story to create a “Park Ranger Help Wanted Poster”
“What did you learn?” Printable – Students will use this printable to record their new learning while reading the story Exploring Parks with Ranger Dockett.
Comprehension / Discussion Questions - Assess your students understanding of the story using these discussion / comprehension questions. 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.
Fact and Opinion Posters – Fact vs. opinion can be a very confusing concept for young children. These posters can be used to teach / remind students of the difference between a fact and an opinion.
Fact and Opinion Sorting Cards – Students will sort a variety of statements about Ranger Dockett and his park.
Fact and Opinion Assessment – This printable can be used to assess your students understanding of fact and opinion.
Ranger Dockett Narrative Writing – In this activity, the students will write a story using Ranger Dockett’s park as the setting.
Narrative Writing Editing / Revising Checklist – This checklist can be used to help students edit and revise their stories. There is a column for the teacher to check off that the student has all of the necessary components making it easy to assess the finished product (if needed).
“Welcome to the Park” Poster / Advertisement – Students will use their creativity and knowledge of Ranger Dockett’s park to create a poster / advertisement encouraging nature lovers to visit the park.
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