How to Surprise a Dad! A creative "How To" Book Companion

Grade Levels
1st - 3rd, Homeschool
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How to Catch Santa!

How to Babysit Grandpa!

How to Babysit Grandma!

How to Raise Mom!

How to Surprise Dad!

How to Get Your Teacher Ready!


From the author and illustrator of HOW TO BABYSIT GRANDMA AND GRANDPA comes another delightful story by Reagan and Wildish...HOW TO Surprise a Dad!

It is perfect for enhancing creative thinking and writing "how to" pieces.

This packet is filled with activities to support comprehension, vocabulary, writing, and even a little mathematics.

Vocabulary for posting (colorful cards with pictures)


How to Surprise a Dad

How to Surprise My Dad


An opinion page

A "how to" page

Writing final copy pages with differentiated levels of writing pages.


Cause and Effect...It what would happen?

Story Elements

Predict...what surprise would your dad like?

Interview with Dad

Writing about your interview.

Word Work...

Parts of Speech

ABC order

Black and White vocabulary cards to match the words (students can color and take home)

Roll and Read...have fun reading words loudly, softly, silly, slowly, quickly

Word Search

Morning Senses...smell, touch, taste, hear, see

What would dad like to find inside his gift?

2 Mathematics Game (Subtraction to 12 and 20)

All these and more...



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Total Pages
40 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.
Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure.
Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.


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