Using story companions with your children will dramatically increase their vocabulary and comprehension skills. This companion will make planning for your shared reading, guided reading or close reading time so much easier. The comprehension tasks are aligned to the Common Core, as well as being differentiated! This makes scaffolding and challenging student learning a breeze!
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)
-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 Officer Buckle and Gloria
-Venn Diagrams: Officer Buckle vs. Gloria
-Making a Prediction (2 levels to differentiate)
-Roll with it! Title, Author, setting, characters, problem, solution
-Venn Diagrams comparing Gloria in the story to real life dogs
-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
-What I learned from the illustrations chart
-List the safety rules in the story and why they are important
-Would you like to have Gloria as a pet? Why or why not? (4 levels to differentiate)
-Do you think Gloria was being helpful to Officer Buckle? (3 levels to differentiate)
-Officer Buckle is all about safety. Write about ways you can stay safe at school.. (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. - Gloria was doing something funny behind the scenes without
Officer Buckle’s knowledge. Write about a time when this happened to you.
-Why do you think “Always stick with your buddy” is an
important safety tip?
- Why doesn’t anyone listen to Officer Buckle’s Safety
Tips? Use the text and the illustrations to support your explanation
-Write a letter to Officer Buckle
-pocket chart surveys:
-Do you think Gloria is funny or naughty?
-Did you like the story?
-Do you like dogs?
-Have you ever owned a dog?
-Which character was your favorite?
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
-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
-A Non Fiction Read Aloud about “Service Dogs”
-Can, Have, Are pocket chart activity with real pictures and response sheet in both color and black and white
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!