Extra Yarn Book Companion - Teaching Theme Mentor Text Lesson

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Stories and Songs in Second
Grade Levels
1st - 3rd, Homeschool
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Stories and Songs in Second


Teaching theme is sometimes a difficult for teachers and a hard concept for primary grade students to grasp. This mentor text lesson for Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen is designed to make the task easier! Real-life color photos that align to the story illustrations and setting, along with thought-provoking discussion prompts will get your students thinking, talking, and writing responses to the story.

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This resource includes the following materials and extension activities:

  • Picture Prompts to use before reading Extra Yarn to help students make story predictions and connections.

  • Photo Samples of Thinking Charts you can create using chart paper or a dry erase board to help students map their schema or background knowledge of the topic and gather ideas about the story theme.

  • Discussion Cards and Writing Prompts to use after reading the story to help students reflect and write about character traits story theme.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.
Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.
Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories.


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