This story companion can be used for a complete book study or sometimes you want to do a story with just an activity or two. This companion will allow you to do either with engaging, fun activities!
In this unit you will find the following:
-5 Story elements anchor charts (characters, setting, plot, problem and solution)
-6 different story elements foldables (characters, settings, retelling-beginning middle and end, cause and effect, story brochure, Title/details, problem and solution, )
-Retelling cards for the pocket chart to retell the story
-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:
-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 (4 different levels to differentiate)
-Real life cats vs cats in the story (Contrast activity)
-Beginning, middle and end (2 levels to differentiate)
-Characters and setting sort
-Problem and Solution (2 levels to differentiate)
-Story Map: Characters, Setting, problem and solution
-Cause and Effect (2 levels to differentiate)
-Most Important part (3 levels to differentiate)
-funniest part (3 levels to differentiate)
-Bubble maps for Mama Cat, Fluffy and Skinny, Boris
-Venn Diagrams: Mama Cat vs. Fluffy and Skinny; Mama Cat vs. Boris; Boris vs. Fluffy and Skinny
-Making a Prediction (2 levels to differentiate)
-Roll with it! Title, Author, setting, characters, problem, solution
-Venn Diagrams comparing cats in the story to their real life versions
-Making a Connection (What does this story make you think of?) 3 levels for differentiation
-Comparing yourself to a character
-Character Close Up! For all the characters in the book
-Visualize Setting (4 levels to differentiate)
-Visualize Main Character (4 levels to differentiate)
-Visualize Favorite Character (4 levels to differentiate)
-Who, What, Where, Where, When, How, Why Questions
-Book Review (3 levels to differentiate)
-Letter to the Author
-Design your own cat writing activity (2 levels to differentiate)
-If you could choose one of the cats to have as your pet, which one would you choose? Why? (3 levels to differentiate)
-Do you think Boris is funny or naughty? (3 levels to differentiate)
-This is the story of a family. What do you like to do with your family? Write about it. (3 levels to differentiate)
-A series of writing prompts: Pretend you are ________. Tell the story from your point of view. (Synthesize) One for each of the characters.
-Write a letter to one of the characters in the story.
- pocket chart surveys:
-Do you think Boris is funny or naughty?
-Did you like the story?
-Do you like naps?
-Have you ever owned a cat?
-Do you like naps?
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
-Vocabulary words syllable count sort pocket chart activity with response sheet
-“Write the room” cards, student response sheet
-retelling interactive booklet (with a handy pocket to store the puppets in when not using!)
- story elements interactive booklet: settings, characters, story sequencing, cause and effect, point of view in a cute interactive booklet
-Can, Have, Are pocket chart activity with real pictures and response sheet in both color and black and white
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.