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LINUS THE LITTLE YELLOW PENCIL Activities & Read Aloud Lessons Google Classroom

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Our Linus the Little Yellow Pencil Activities are now digital for distance learning with editable teaching slides and worksheets based on Scott Magoon’s book. Read aloud the picture book then use the printables or go paperless with Google or Seesaw to practice standards-based skills.


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THIS READING UNIT FOCUSES ON USING THE MENTOR TEXT TO TEACH:

◼️READING STRATEGIES
☐ making predictions
☐ analyzing character
☐ analyzing illustrations
☐ making connections
☐ plot | problem and solution
☐ author's purpose

◼️SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING TOPICS
☐ positive self-talk
☐ growth mindset
☐ bullying

◼️GRAMMAR & LANGUAGE CONCEPTS
☐ multiple meaning words
☐ quotation marks
☐ suffixes

SUMMARY OF THE MENTOR TEXT:

Linus is a pencil who loves to draw. He decides to enter into an art contest, and had his eye on the grand prize. Ernie, Linus’s eraser, does not think that any of the drawings Linus is creating are good enough to win them the prize. 

Ernie continuously criticizes Linus’s drawings and causes Linus to want to quit being an artist. Linus has an encounter with Smudge, and Smudge convinces him to keep drawing. Linus and Ernie go on to draw beautiful pictures together. 

Students will learn about growth mindset and positive-self talk as they hear the story of how a pencil learned to believe in himself.

HOW THIS RESOURCE SAVES YOU TIME and IMPROVES STUDENT LEARNING:

♥ The comprehension questions are grouped by reading strategies for easy lesson planning.
♥ It is standards-based and covers all aspects of language arts instruction.
♥ The activities were designed to be open-ended for easy differentiation and modification.

THE BOOK COMPANION PACKET CAN BE USED FOR:
→ sub plans
→ reader's workshop
→ guided reading
→ small group instruction
→ independent work
→ literacy centers
→ informal assessment
→ writer's workshop
→ RTI
→ word study
→ guidance lessons for social emotional learning
→ for remote learning, distance learning, or paperless work in the classroom


INCLUDED READ ALOUD LESSON IDEAS & PICTURE BOOK ACTIVITIES:

Comprehension Questions categorized by reading strategy; text-dependent
Social Emotional Learning guidance lesson ideas & discussion topics based on the story
Vocabulary Activities with kid-friendly definitions
Grammar Topics selected to align with the text
Focus Sentences use the book & author's craft as a mentor text to improve writing
Lesson Planner summary, background info and planning space

Story Mapping Printable identify character, setting, problem and solution

Making Words Activity Page use any word from the book

Focus Sentence copy work, identifying elements of the sentence, rewriting)

Design a New Book Cover demonstrate understanding of the text by creating an illustration

Predicting Activity primary-ruled and wider-ruled versions
Summarizing Somebody → Wanted → But → Then → Finally

Comparing and Contrasting using a Venn Diagram

Cause and Effect analyze how events affect one another

Visualization illustrate visualizations from the story and support thinking with text-based evidence

Making Connections identify text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world connections

Thematic Writing Paper Use with the Writing Prompts... Makes a Great Bulletin Board

2 Sequencing Activities First → Next → Then → Last and Beginning → Middle → End

2 Vocabulary Activities Vocabulary Booklet and Word Mapping

2 Character Trait Activities listing traits and supporting traits with text-based evidence
30 Text-Based Writing Prompts 3 prompts for each of the following types of writing:

  • narrative
  • persuasive / opinion
  • descriptive
  • expository / informative
  • creative / story writing
  • procedure / how-to
  • list making
  • letter / postcard writing
  • poem
  • book reviews

INCLUDED DIGITAL ACTIVITIES:

➜ 5 Teaching Slides to use for instruction (add questions, vocabulary, instructions, etc)

➜ 15 Student Pages for use in Google™️ Classroom or as editable files to create customized printables
➜ 20 Image Files so you can use the resource with Seesaw™️ or another platform

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★★THIS RESOURCE IS ALIGNED WITH THESE CCSS STANDARDS BELOW★★

FIRST GRADE

  • READING LITERATURE: CCSS.RL.1.1 CCSS.RL.1.2 CCSS.RL.1.3 CCSS.RL.1.4 CCSS.RL.1.7 CCSS.RL.1.9
  • READING FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS: CCSS.RF.1.1 CCSS.RF.1.1a
  • WRITING: CCSS.W.1.1 CCSS.W.1.2 CCSS.W.1.3 CCSS.W.1.5 
  • LANGUAGE: CCSS.L.1.1 CCSS.L.1.1a CCSS.L.1.1b CCSS.L.1.1c CCSS.L.1.1eCCSS.L.1.1f CCSS.L.1.1h CCSS.L.1.2a CCSS.L.1.2b CCSS.L.1.2d CCSS.L.1.2e CCSS.L.1.5c CCSS.L.1.6     
  • SPEAKING AND LISTENING: CCSS.SL.1.1 CCSS.SL.1.1a CCSS.SL.1.1b CCSS.SL.1.1c CCSS.SL.1.2

SECOND GRADE

  • READING LITERATURE: CCSS.RL.2.1 CCSS.RL.2.2 CCSS.RL.2.3 CCSS.RL.2.5 CCSS.RL.2.6 CCSS.RL.2.7 CCSS.RL.2.9
  • READING FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS: RF.2.3 RF.2.4.c
  • WRITING: CCSS.W.2.1 CCSS.W.2.2 CCSS.W.2.3 CCSS.W.2.5
  • LANGUAGE: CCSS.L.2.1 CCSS.L.2.1e CCSS.L.2.3 CCSS.L.2.4a CCSS.L.2.6     
  • SPEAKING & LISTENING: CCSS.SL.2.1 CCSS.SL.2.1a CCSS.SL.2.1b CCSS.SL.2.1c CCSS.SL.2.2 CCSS.SL.2.3     

THIRD GRADE

  • READING LITERATURE: CCSS.RL.3.1 CCSS.RL.3.2 CCSS.RL.3.3 CCSS.RL.3.4 CCSS.RL.3.5 CCSS.RL.3.6 CCSS.RL.3.7 CCSS.RL.3.9
  • READING FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS: RF.2.3 RF.2.4c
  • WRITING: CCSS.W.3.1 CCSS.W.3.2 CCSS.W.3.3 CCSS.W.3.4 CCSS.W.3.5 CCSS.W.3.10 CCSS.W.3.1a CCSS.W.3.1b CCSS.W.3.1c CCSS.W.3.1d CCSS.W.3.2a CCSS.W.3.2b CCSS.W.3.2c CCSS.W.3.2d CCSS.W.3.3a CCSS.W.3.3b CCSS.W.3.3c CCSS.W.3.3d
  • LANGUAGE: CCSS.L.3.1   
  • SPEAKING AND LISTENING: CCSS.SL.3.2 CCSS.SL.3.3 CCSS.SL.3.4 

CCSS ANCHOR STANDARDS (ALL GRADES)

  • LANGUAGECCSS.CCRA.L.1 CCSS.CCRA.L.2     
  • READING: CCSS.CCRA.R.1 CCSS.CCRA.R.2 CCSS.CCRA.R.3 CCSS.CCRA.R.4 CCSS.CCRA.R.9     
  • SPEAKING AND LISTENING: CCSS.CCRA.SL.1 CCSS.CCRA.SL.4  
  • ANCHOR STANDARDS FOR WRITING: CCSS.CCRA.W.1 CCSS.CCRA.W.2 CCSS.CCRA.W.3 CCSS.CCRA.W.4 CCSS.CCRA.W.5 CCSS.CCRA.W.10  

IT'S ALIGNED WITH THE TEXAS ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE and SKILLS ( TEKS )

FIRST GRADE

  • DEVELOPING AND SUSTAINING FOUNDATIONAL LANGUAGE SKILLS: TEKS.1.1.C TEKS.1.1.D TEKS.1.1.A TEKS.1.12.C.iii TEKS.1.12.C.iv TEKS.1.13.B
  • AUTHOR’S PURPOSE AND CRAFT: TEKS.1.10.A TEKS.1.10.B -EKS.1.10.C TEKS.1.10.D
  • COMPOSITION: TEKS1.11.A TEKS.1.11.B.i TEKS.1.11.B.ii TEKS.1.11.D.ix TEKS.1.11.x TEKS.1.11.E TEKS.1.12.A TEKS.1.12.B TEKS.1.12.C
  • COMPREHENSION SKILLS: TEKS.1.6.B TEKS.1.6.C TEKS.1.6.D TEKS.1.6.E TEKS.1.6.F
  • RESPONSE SKILLS: TEKS1.7.A TEKS1.7.B TEKS1.7.C TEKS1.7.D TEKS1.7.E TEKS1.7.F
  • MULTIPLE GENRES: TEKS1.8.A TEKS1.8.B TEKS1.8.C TEKS1.8.D

SECOND GRADE

  • DEVELOPING AND SUSTAINING FOUNDATIONAL LANGUAGE SKILLS: TEKS.2.1.A TEKS.2.1.C - TEKS.2.1.D TEKS.2.1.E TEKS.2.3.B
  • AUTHOR’S PURPOSE AND CRAFT: TEKS2.10.A TEKS2.10.B TEKS2.10.C
  • COMPOSITION: TEKS.2.11.A TEKS.2.11.D.xi TEKS.2.11.E TEKS.2.12.A TEKS.2.12.BTEKS.2.12.C
  • COMPREHENSION SKILLS: TEKS.2.6.B TEKS.2.6.C TEKS.2.6.D TEKS.2.6.E TEKS.2.6.F TEKS.2.6.G TEKS.2.6.H
  • RESPONSE SKILLS: TEKS.2.7.A TEKS.2.7.C TEKS.2.7.D TEKS.2.7.E TEKS.2.7.F
  • MULTIPLE GENRES: TEKS.2.8.B TEKS.2.8.C TEKS.2.8.D

THIRD GRADE

  • DEVELOPING AND SUSTAINING FOUNDATIONAL LANGUAGE SKILLS: TEKS.3 .1.A TEKS.3.1.C TEKS.3.1.D TEKS.3.1.E TEKS.3.3.B
  • AUTHOR’S PURPOSE AND CRAFT: TEKS3.10.A TEKS3.10.B TEKS3.10.C
  • COMPOSITION: TEKS.3.11.A TEKS.3.11.D.xi TEKS.3.11.E TEKS.3.12.A TEKS.3.12.B TEKS.3.12.C
  • COMPREHENSION SKILLS: TEKS.3.6.B TEKS.3.6.C TEKS.3.6.D TEKS.3.6.E TEKS.3.6.F TEKS.3.6.G TEKS.3.6.H
  • RESPONSE SKILLS: TEKS.3.7.ATEKS.3.7.C TEKS.3.7.D TEKS.3.7.E TEKS.3.7.F
  • MULTIPLE GENRES: TEKS.3.8.B TEKS.3.8.C TEKS.3.8.D

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Total Pages
39 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
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