This story companion contains a non-fiction pair text about alligators. This story companion is filled with activities you can use during close reading! The activities are engaging and fun, as well as differentiated! Making your life easier!
In this story companion you will find:
-14 Story elements anchor charts (characters, setting, plot, cause, effect, onomatopoeia, summarize, inference, prediction, visualize, making connections, questions, vocabulary, important ideas and author’s purpose )
-7 different story elements foldables (characters, settings, retelling-beginning middle and end, cause and effect, story brochure, Title/details)
-Activity pages: Retelling (2 differentiated), Main character bubble map, most important part
-Response to reading 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:
-story mapping: Setting/characters/problem/solution
-retelling beginning, middle end (2 differentiated sheets)
-sorting characters and setting
-Cause and effect (2 differentiated sheets)
-problem and solution (2 differentiated sheets)
-Most important part (3 differentiated sheets)
-Making and confirming predictions
-Roll with it comprehension sheet
-Book Review (3 differentiated sheets)
-Making connections to the text
-Venn Diagrams comparing characters (5 total)
-This story makes me think of…
-Choose a character and compare that character to yourself
-Visualize the setting (3 differentiated sheets)
-Visualize the main character (3 differentiated sheets)
-Visualize your favorite character (3 differentiated sheets)
-Write a letter to the author
-Write a letter to the illustrator
-Character Close-ups! For each character
-The funniest part…
-Making connections to the text (3 differentiated sheets)
-Cause and effect chart
Series of Tri-folds:
-story and 3 details
-problem and solution
-beginning, middle end
-Character changes from beginning to end
-Favorite part; part I would change
-Main idea and 2 details
-Add to the story
- pocket chart surveys
-Do you like alligators?
-Did you like the story?
-Would you bring an alligator to school for show and tell?
-Have you ever seen an alligator?
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 for the story: full and half page sheets, pocket chart/word wall set of the words with pictures.
-retelling interactive booklet (with a handy pocket to store the puppets in when not using!)
Alligators Read Aloud nonfiction book
Alligators Can, Have, Are pocket chart activity
Alligator Emergent Reader
Alligator Life Cycle pages
Let’s Label an Alligator pages
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