This is a close reading literature study on the classic Thanksgiving poem “Over the River and Through the Wood” by Lydia Maria Child. 10 resources included!
The resources in this unit are based on the entire original poem. I recommend using the book illustrated by Matt Tavares for this unit because it uses the entire poem and has wonderful illustrations that will help young readers understand the text. Other “Over the River” books may have only part of the poem, but may work for this study. If you use a book that only uses part of the poem you will have to adjust the activities/questions/etc. accordingly. Also, some alternate versions change grandpa for grandma and vice versa. I have made a grandpa AND grandma version of some of the resources to help out those using an alternate version of the poem. All reading comprehension activities are aligned with common core standards for reading literature. Here are the details:
*Suggested sequence of activities for close reading
*Character Details – boy, grandpa, and grandma bubble maps with lines for writing
*Setting – draw and write about the setting
*Major Events – graphic organizer for drawing the major events and writing key details
*Retell – (great for pocket chart or poster) Comes with color picture cards depicting events in the story. 3 whole group activity options and 1 for partner group work
*Retell Cut & Paste – for the first stanza, includes pocket chart cards for reference and display.
*Questions About Key Details – list of text dependent discussion questions. Comes with partner question and answer posters with color coded sentence frames. (great for projecting on interactive whiteboards!)
*Words that Appeal to the Senses– discussion questions and anchor chart/poster headers.
*Compare/Contrast Character Experiences – Boy & Grandma – student venn diagram Anchor chart/poster size headers and cards for making anchor chart/poster or using in pocket chart
*Opinion Writing Craftivity
Directions, sample, writing paper (color and black/white, page with full lines and page with lines and space for drawing a picture)
Please download a preview to see all that’s included and feel free to email me with any questions!
Over the 1st Grade Rainbow
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