Sideways Stories from Wayside School Novel Bundle: Comprehension & Vocabulary

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3rd - 4th, Homeschool
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This Sideways Stories from Wayside School Novel Study includes print & digital chapter questions and vocabulary for the book by Louis Sachar. The two formats offer great options for differentiation and meeting students' needs in the classroom or during virtual learning.

Your download includes:

✔Daily comprehension prompts in 3 formats for differentiation

  • Foldable trifold brochures
  • Cut & paste journal prompts for interactive notebooks
  • Daily Google Slides

✔ Weekly word of the day flip books for text-based vocabulary

✔ Easy-to-follow directions for printing & prep

✔ Instructional planning guide

✔ Answer keys

In this Sideways Stories from Wayside School Novel Study you'll find:

1) Student comprehension practice (up to 15 instructional days)

  • Each day's work focuses on a single standards-based comprehension skill
  • Short, written responses include opportunities to apply thinking to text
  • Designed with reluctant and struggling learners in mind
  • Built-in graphic organizers to support skill acquisition
  • Approachable questions help make connections & start conversations
  • No boring multiple-choice or fill-in-the-blank questions!
  • Available in both printable trifolds, pasteable journal prompts, & Google Slides

2) Approachable practice with key reading standards and skills including:

  • Generating main ideas and a summary of key events
  • Dialogue analysis and responding to literature
  • Exploring character traits & development through events of the plot
  • Visualizing characters & setting based on sensory language
  • Making inferences and drawing conclusions based on text clues
  • Understanding homophones & exploring their use.
  • Identifying cause & effect relationships
  • And so much more!

3) Text-based & academic vocabulary

  • One target word identified for each day's reading
  • Includes opportunity to generate a personal definition and use the word in context
  • Fosters connections between vocabulary knowledge through synonyms and antonyms
  • Opportunities to make connections to academic vocabulary for daily skills

4) Teacher support materials

  • Unit scope & sequence lay out the day's comprehension & vocabulary focus
  • Answer Keys for all comprehension activities
  • Tips for preparation and implementation
  • Chapter summaries for all 30 chapters of the book
  • Optional support for implementation in Google Classroom

*Digital Access Note: This resource includes digital access via GOOGLE SLIDES. For the digital versions, you will need Internet access and a free Google account OR Google Classroom. Learners will work on computers or iPads. Upon purchasing, you will download documents containing links to the digital files, along with easy-to-follow instructions that will get you started in minutes! These are easily shared digitally between you and your students.


How Novel Units from Differentiated Teaching Work...

▸ Teachers can introduce the day's vocabulary word & discuss it before reading.

▸ Students complete just one section of the trifold or a single Google Slide each day.

▸ Daily work focuses on target skills needed for success in reading vs. plot recall.

▸ The low-pressure format provides novelty & encourages student engagement

▸ Less overwhelming to reluctant readers and writers

▸ Requires deep analysis and application of text-based knowledge

▸ Encourages discussion about skills & strategies

Here's why teachers love these novel units...

We used these for a whole-class novel study. Pre-printed brochures fully encompassed ELA skills for the novel. This is an extremely easy, but very rich set of activities for understanding and enriching student's ELA skills. I will be using this for our first novel study again in class this fall. I highly recommend this! -Allison M.

This has helped me so much in teaching Holes to my students this year. Other resources overwhelm students with too much vocabulary and literal comprehension questions but these slides give students one vocabulary word for each chapter and a grade-level higher-order comprehension skill to practice. - Kristin P.

This does a really good job of focusing on vocab and using context clues, practicing quoting from the text, and target skills. I really liked the way it focused on one skill for every two chapters, which made things really manageable for my students. - Beth A.

Here's what homeschool families have to say about the novel studies...

I LOVE the layout and how it guides my son and I through our reading time. As a homeschool parent, I still wanted to give him that opportunity to discuss and grapple with the text and I love this quick format as a brochure. I also love the vocab focus for each section and the skill listed so I can monitor his understanding of these as we move through a variety of texts this year. - Antonia S.

My kids LOVED this book companion. The vocabulary was rich, and I liked the focus on one word a day. I also liked that they had to use context clues rather than dictionary definitions... The tasks were a great review of skills I covered throughout the year. Parent-friendly and easy to implement. - Corinne M.

I am a homeschool mom and my daughter is enjoying the book and I am loving that she is able to respond to the reading through various aspects and not just answer questions. She is more engaged in her reading and asks more questions after she completes each task. - Terri B.


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© Rebecca Davies. All rights reserved by the author. These materials are intended for personal use by a single classroom only. Copying for more than one teacher, classroom, department, school, or school system is prohibited. For use in multiple classrooms, please purchase additional licenses. This product may not be distributed or displayed digitally for public view. Failure to comply is a copyright infringement and a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Clipart and elements found in this PDF are copyrighted and cannot be extracted and used outside of this file without permission or license. See product file for clip art and font credits.

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Teaching Duration
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