Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato by Tomie DePaola Activities in Digital and PDF

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Comprehension Connection
Grade Levels
3rd - 4th, Homeschool
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20 PDF and 20 Google Slides TM
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Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato by Tomie DePaola is a fun tall tale perfect for St. Patrick's Day. These engaging print or project activities make planning easy and effective. You can use the comprehension activities in guided reading groups, as mentor texts for comprehension and writing, or for an interactive read aloud as you enjoy introducing your students to Tomie DePaola's wonderful work and crazy characters.

What's included in the Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato Bundle?

  • Schema Builder-St. Patrick's Day Alphaboxes
  • Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato Vocabulary Organizer and Word Cards
  • Character Traits (2 pages)
  • Story Retelling (2 pages)
  • Setting Described (visualizing)
  • Author's Purpose (PIE...2 pages)
  • Questioning Organizer
  • A Look at Theme
  • Question Task Cards and Response Form
  • Writing in Response to Reading (Jamie O'Rourke's Adventures)

40 pages included (20 Black and White PDF, 20 Google Slides TM Color)

How the Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato Unit is Organized

The unit is set up in a before/during/after format and includes printables and a writing prompt for post reading. A preview of the materials included is attached, so be sure to look closely.


Tomie DePaola is a favorite author of many elementary teachers. I have created resources for many of his books including:

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Total Pages
20 PDF and 20 Google Slides TM
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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.
Explain how specific aspects of a text’s illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting).


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