Grade Levels
2nd - 3rd
Formats Included
  • PDF
60 pages
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This interactive read aloud unit for the story How I Spent My Summer Vacation by Mark Teague is jam-packed with a week's worth of activities to help you go beyond the read-aloud!

✽ Lesson Plans & Teacher Tips

✽ HOW to PRINT on STICKY NOTES (I'll show you!)

✽ Interactive Read Aloud Questions (place inside the book)

✽ CRAFTIVITY (with writing activity)

✽ Vocabulary / Word Study booklet

✽ Story Elements Flip Book

✽ Mentor Sentence (complete with how-to instructions)

✽ Responses to Reading

✽ Writing Activities ( 2 different lined styles)

✽ Author Biography

✽ Student Bookmarks (kids LOVE to collect these)

✽ Sequence of Events

✽ Summarize the Story

✽ Character Traits

✽ Vocabulary Posters

✽ Letter to the Author

✽ Table of Contents included

Use as much or as little as your schedule allows.

☛Click on the FREE PREVIEW to see sample pages

This resource includes ELA, Writing, and Grammar activities appropriate for high 1st graders, 2nd graders, and 3rd graders.


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When creating this resource, I was mindful that there might be only one copy of the book in the classroom. Therefore, these activities can be completed based on oral comprehension and class discussions.

The printable interactive reading questions are one of my favorite features! Not only do they provide ideas for discussion, but they also are wonderful for student teachers or subs! Just leave the Post-it notes inside the book.

Also, you will find lesson plan ideas for BEFORE, DURING, and AFTER reading the story. Tailor the choices to your needs.

I also wanted this product to provide unique ways to extend the story. The Story Elements Flip Book is a special way to record who, what, why, and how. Plenty of different activities for vocabulary development, character traits, and writing. Last but not least, there are student bookmarks to commemorate the story.

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I hope you find this resource beneficial in your classroom.

Please remember that these activities are for just you and your students.

If you would like a copy of this product for more than one teacher, please download additional licenses, available at a great discounted price.

Electronic distribution is limited to SINGLE classroom use only. Do not post this product electronically in ANY form. Do not copy or sell any part of this product. To do so violates the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Copyright © Alison Monk All rights reserved by the author.

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Total Pages
60 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.
Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.
Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.


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