This comprehensive reading lesson is designed for small group Guided Reading instruction. The lesson could also be used as a whole class read aloud. The lesson follows a before–during-after reading format and typically takes about 2-3 days for 20 minutes each day. The lesson plan includes a focused reading strategy, comprehension prompts, vocabulary building activities, graphic organizers, a quiz and writing activity. The activities provide concrete evidence of comprehension and vocabulary building. The book is not included.
-Guided Reading Lesson Plan: Full lesson plan on one page.
-Moral of the Story graphic organizer: Students retell key events and explain why these events were important. They write the moral of the story in their own words at the end.
-Vocabulary Activities: Two options - a graphic organizer or interactive notebook page
-Vocabulary Cards: For use with additional vocabulary games or activities (see my TpT store for ideas and resources).
-Writing Activity: Students respond to the prompt by writing a short paragraph. Students cut and glue the paragraph into their notebooks OR glue to colored paper for display.
-Vocabulary & Comprehension Quiz: Use after reading and group discussion.
-Answer Keys & Writing Rubric
Before Reading (Day 1)
-Provide a brief introduction of the text and genre.
-Introduce and explain Moral of the Story organizer and vocabulary organizer.
-Optional: Explicitly teach vocabulary before reading.
During Reading (Day 1-2)
-Students read the text silently at their own pace. Listen and confer with individual students, use the comprehension prompts to help them think deeper about the story. Assist students in determining meanings of words.
After Reading (Day 2-3)
-Discuss the text using the discussion prompts and graphic organizer.
-Discuss vocabulary words and meaning as used in the text.
-Have students respond to the writing prompt by writing a short paragraph.
-Optional: have students play a vocabulary building game using vocabulary cards.
ABOUT THE BOOK & AUTHOR
Published in 2003, Mr. Peabody’s Apples is set in a small town called Happville in 1949. The story is based on an old Ukrainian folktale. Mr. Peabody is a popular school teacher and baseball coach. A boy sees Mr. Peabody take an apple without paying and spreads the rumor that Mr. Peabody is a thief. Mr. Peabody reacts by demonstrating to the boy how gossip spreads fast and is impossible to contain. The story provides students with an opportunity to think about how their words can hurt others.
Madonna is an American pop singer, songwriter and actress. She has written more than a dozen children’s books. The book is beautifully illustrated by Loren Long.