Flower Tumbles - lessons and activities for the Steinbeck Award winning story

Robert Walton
Grade Levels
4th - 5th
Formats Included
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10 pages
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Robert Walton


My story Flower Tumbles and these accompanying activities can serve as a free-standing literature unit. However, I created both the story and the activities to enhance my teaching of early California history, particularly of the Mission Era. Hundreds of other teachers have found the published story and materials useful over the years in tandem with their social study units. I've recently refined reading strategy lessons, included cooperative learning activities and fine-tuned the story for these TpT offerings. I hope they will serve you easily and well! Please feel free to duplicate the story and activities (if you're still using paper) as freely as you need. Please do let me know if you see ways in which I might improve the teaching tools.

If you prefer to read the story electronically, it’s available on Kindle unlimited. Here’s the link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06Y5NSHX4

Total Pages
10 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.


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