Reconstruction Era Read Aloud Activities for No Small Potatoes by Tonya Bolden

Grade Levels
3rd - 5th
Formats Included
  • PDF
36 pages
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Looking for a great read aloud to help teach your upper elementary students about the Reconstruction Era? This social studies read aloud unit is designed to teach Reconstruction for kids using a book read-aloud. This social studies unit is intended to be used with the book, No Small Potatoes, by Tonya Bolden. The book can be foundhere (non-affilitate link).

This social studies read aloud unit includes:

  • Two levels of comprehension questions
  • Short answer comprehension questions with student opinion questions included
  • Character maps
  • Theme analysis
  • Figurative language analysis
  • Author's Craft
  • Summarizing graphic organizer
  • Reconstruction Era vocabulary chart
  • Extended response writing prompts with rubric
  • Plot diagrams
  • Reconstruction Era timeline activity

An even mix of the reading activities and social studies activities in this social studies read aloud unit create well-rounded and cross-curricular lessons and allows you to tailor the resource to your students’ needs!

Want to do more read alouds in your social studies classroom? Check this out!

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⭐  A third grade teacher said, “I used this resource as an extension of our unit Reconstruction in Social Studies. I love how it integrated other curriculum into this resource. The students absolutely loved the story and were very engaged in the activities that came with it. I love that with the many activities you can pick and choose what area of literacy you want to focus on! Overall, an awesome product and I am so excited that I found it!”

Total Pages
36 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.


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