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!
-6 Story elements anchor charts (characters, setting, plot, cause, effect and central message)
-7 different story elements foldables (characters, settings, retelling-beginning middle and end, cause and effect, story brochure, Title/details, story message)
-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
-Journal cover (if you choose to do a bunch of the activities, this is nice to have to put them together)
-Compare pond occupants from beginning to end
-My New Character (add a character to the story)
-Mr. McGreely close-up
-My Favorite Part
-Let’s Add to the Story
-Real life animals vs animals in the story (Contrast activity)
-Most Important part
-How Mr. McGreely feelings change throughout the story
-most unbelievable part
-Bubble maps for the bunnies and Mr. McGreely
-Roll with it! Title, Author, setting, characters, problem, solution
-Venn Diagram comparing the Bunnies to Mr. McGreely
-Venn Diagrams comparing all animals in the story to their real life versions
-What characters in the book do vs. real life
-4 different Text to self connection pages
-Comparing yourself o a character
-Character Close Up! (for the bunnies and Mr. McGreely)
-Visualize Main Character
-Who, What, Where, Where, When, How, Why Questions
-Write a letter to the author and illustrator
-What do you think the author is up to…
-Design a new title and cover
-text to text comparison
-Beginning, middle and end
-Characters and setting sort
-Problem and Solution
-Story Map: Characters, Setting, problem and solution
-Cause and Effect
-rewrite the story from different points of view
- pocket chart surveys
-Do you like rabbits?
-Have you ever grown a garden?
-Did you like the story?
-Do you think the rabbits will eat Mr. McGreely’s vegetables again?
-Do you think Mr. McGreely handled this in the correct way?
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.
-Counting syllables for the vocabulary: pocket chart activity with student response sheet so that it may be put in a center.
-“Write the room” cards, student response sheet
-retelling interactive booklet (with a handy pocket to store the puppets in when not using!)
The activities are common core aligned. They cover the following 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.