This story companion can be used for a compete book study or sometimes you want to do a story with just and activity or two. This companion will allow you to do either with engaging, fun activities! I have also included a non-fiction section about iguanas, so that you have a non-fiction paired text at your finger tips with coordinating activities! (Makes planning easy!)
In this unit you will find the following:
-16 Story elements and comprehension anchor charts (characters, setting, plot, characters, setting, plot, problem, solution, central message, author’s purpose, visualize, summarize, predictions, connections, questions, vocabulary inference, important ideas and Friendly letter)
-11 different story elements foldables (characters, settings, retelling-beginning middle and end, cause and effect, story brochure, Title/details, story Main character traits, retelling, How Mom changes from the beginning to the end of the story, My favorite part)
-Response to writing worksheets that include a cover page, so that you can choose the pages/topics you would like to use print, staple and go! Use them in centers, listening centers, full group close reading, literature circles, guided reading! Tons of different options! You can easily use the book for a week or just a day or two! You can choose! Topics covered:
-Reading response activities:
-Journal cover (if you choose to do a bunch of the activities, this is nice to have to put them together)
-Let’s Add to the Story (3 different levels)
-Main Character Traits
-How the character changes from the beginning to the end of the story
-Real life iguanas vs iguana in the story (Contrast activity)
-Beginning, middle and end
-Characters and setting sort
-Problem and Solution
-Story Map: Characters, Setting, problem and solution
-Cause and Effect
-list the pros and cons of owning an iguana -Most Important part
-most unbelievable part
-Bubble maps for all characters
-Venn Diagrams: Alex vs. Farmer his mom
-Roll with it! Title, Author, setting, characters, problem, solution
-Venn Diagrams comparing all animals in the story to their real life versions
-Describing the character
-Character changes from beginning to end
-Text to self connection
-Comparing yourself o a character
-Character Close Up! (for all characters)
-Visualize Main Character
-Who, What, Where, Where, When, How, Why Questions
-Do you think Alex would make a good pet owner
-Would you like to own an iguana?
-What type of pet would you like to own?
-Write about a time when you had to try to persuade someone to allow you to do or have something.
-Main Idea and details
- pocket chart surveys:
-Would you rather have a dog or an Iguana?
-Did you like the story?
-Do you like Iguanas?
-Have you ever owned an iguana?
-Do you think Alex can teach his iguana to do tricks?
Included for each survey: student response slip for graphing, Question and other headers for pocket chart and a data recording and examination answer sheet. A writing page to defend their opinion given in the survey as well.
-Vocabulary words on full page, half page and word wall sizes.
-counting syllables cards and response sheet for the vocabulary words
-“Write the room” cards, student response sheet
-retelling interactive booklet (with a handy pocket to store the puppets in when not using!)
-Non Fictional Read aloud for Iguanas
-Can, Have, Are pocket chart for Iguanas
-Let’s label the iguana (both color and B&W)
The activities are common core aligned. They cover the following standards:
Common Core standards:
RL.1.1 I can ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
RL.1.2 I can identify the main topic and key details in a text.
RL.1.3 I can describe character, setting, and major events in a story.
RL.1.5 I can explain the differences between fiction and nonfiction text.
RL.1.7 I can use details in a story to describe characters, settings, and events.
RL.1.9 I can compare and contrast characters in stories.
W.1.1 I can write about my opinion and supply a reason.
W.1.5 I can respond to a writing prompt.
W.1.8 I can write about my experiences.
L.1.4 I can use context clues to figure out the meaning of a word or phrase.
1.MD.4 I can gather and interpret data and answer questions like how many, how many more or less.