This set of paired passages (story and poem) with literacy activities can be used as part of a literacy center, guided reading lessons, or as stand alone literacy activities. The set includes an original story and poem for guided reading, shared reading, or a read aloud; twelve student worksheets (5 for the story, 5 for the poem, and 2 for both the story and poem together) that help students practice a variety of primary reading and writing skills (verbs, adjectives, a-b-c order, event sequence, text connections, writing a new ending, rhyming words, long and short vowel sounds). The set also includes teacher mini-lesson plans. These are short teacher lesson plans to introduce and explain the story and poem as well as the student worksheets. There is an answer key, a tracking chart to monitor student worksheet completion, and two bulletin board signs to show good work.
Here is a list of the literacy activities:
1. Verbs - Students find words from the story that are action words. These words are called verbs. The words are listed on the recording sheet. Students pick one and make a picture of them doing the action.
2. A-B-C Order - Students put words from the story in alphabetical order on the recording sheet.
3. Words That Rhyme - Students find and write rhyming words from the poem onto the recording sheet. They think of more rhyming words and record them as well.
4. Action Words - Students record action words from the poem and make a picture of each on the recording sheet.
5. Text Connections - Story - Students draw pictures of text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world to the story onto the recording sheet.
6. Text Connections - Poem - Students draw pictures of text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world to the poem onto the recording sheet.
7. Vowel Sounds - Students write long and short vowel sound words from the poem onto the recording sheet.
8. Story Timeline - Students make a picture of or write sentences about events in order from the story onto the recording sheet.
9. Story Ending - Students write a new ending to the story and record it on the recording sheet. Students draw a picture of the new ending.
10. Rhyming Words - Students pick two lines from the poem that rhyme and make a picture on the recording sheet. They do this twice.
11. Verbs and Adjectives - Students find verbs and adjectives that are found in both the story and poem and list them on the recording sheet.
12. How are the Story and Poem Alike? - Students compare the story and poem to see how they are alike. They write sentences and draw pictures on the recording sheet.
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