This resource is full of vocabulary, language, comprehension, and writing activities to support the story Officer Buckle and Gloria
, by Peggy Rathman. It contains activities suitable for small group instruction, whole group instruction, and centers. This resource includes the following:
- Introduce and use these vocabulary flashcards throughout your study of Officer Buckle and Gloria
. The cards are perfect for displaying on a word wall.
Vocabulary Dictionary Activity
-Have your students review their vocabulary words while also practicing their dictionary skills with this activity.
-This fun game allows your students to master the vocabulary words for this story. The game is designed so that you (the teacher) can have your students practice all of the words, or just the ones you select . Students will get the opportunity to explore / represent the words in a variety of ways (synonyms, antonyms, definitions, pictures, etc.) while also working to be the first to the finish line!
Vocabulary Shades of Meaning Puzzles
-These puzzles focus specifically on the vocabulary words from this story. The puzzles can be printed on card stock and laminated making them perfect for a center.
- Use this printable to assess your students understanding of the vocabulary words taught.
Police Officer KWL Chart
- This activity is perfect as a pre-reading / post-reading activity. The students can use the “Police Officer Nonfiction Text” included in this resource to complete the chart.
Police Officer Nonfiction Text
- We know the importance of reading both fiction and nonfiction text with students. This short nonfiction article on police officers can be used to help students build background prior to reading the story.
Officer Buckle and Gloria Language Scavenger Hunt
- Review a variety of language skills with this “Officer Buckle and Gloria Scavenger Hunt”.
Comprehension Discussion Questions
- Assess your students understanding of the story using these discussion / comprehension questions. There is a small language / grammar check-off at the bottom of the page. This just reminds students to use the skills they have learned in language in all of the writing they do. I often use that space at the bottom to give my students a separate language grade on the activity.
- Use this chart to teach your students how to use the author’s clues to make inferences about the story.
Character Description Printable
-Students will use what they know about the story to match the character to the correct description.
Cause and Effect Posters
- Cause and effect can be a very confusing concept for young children. These posters can be used to teach / remind students of the difference between cause and effect.
Cause and Effect Chart
-Students will find examples of cause and effect in the story.
Descriptive Writing Activity - Newspaper Article
- Students will imagine that they are a writer for the “Napville Daily News”. They will write all about Officer Buckle and Gloria’s safety presentations. A checklist is included that can be used to help students to revise / edit their work. It can also be used by the teacher to assess the students’ finished product. The finished product looks great displayed on a bulletin board.
Officer Buckle Persuasive Writing
- Students will write a letter to Officer Buckle convincing him to do one of his famous safety speeches at their school. Graphic Organizer is provided to help students organize their ideas before writing.
Officer Buckle Thank You Note
-Students will imagine that Officer Buckle visited their school to do his famous safety speech. They will write a thank you note to Officer Buckle and Gloria.
Text-to-Text and Text-to Self Connections Activity
-This activity allows students to record their text-to-text and text-to-self connections while reading the story.
– Students will sort words from the story according to the number of syllables in each. This activity is great for extra practice or as an assessment
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