Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun Activities, Vocabulary, Writing - Distance Learning

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Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun Book Companion is a wonderful way to introduce your students to the topic of celebrating everyone's unique differences in the face of adversity. Contains vocabulary cards, worksheets, story elements graphic organizers, and writing prompts with publishing papers, all geared for In-Person and Distance Learning.

Theme: Courage, Adversity, and Being Yourself

  • This is a Digital Activity. The Digital Activity has been created for you to share with your online students. In addition, a downloadable PDF file exists with answer keys and posters for you. The answer keys are NOT included in the Digital Activity created for the students.

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This exciting book companion includes adorable crafts, vocabulary cards and worksheets, story element graphic organizers, and 4 writing prompts with publishing papers, all geared for In-Person and Distance Learning.

Book companion is a wonderful way to introduce your students to the topic of celebrating everyone's unique differences in the face of adversity.

Maria Dismondy wrote a wonderful story to show and teach children how important it is to have the courage to be different and to forgive others when they can’t understand this wonderful gift.

As the story begins, Lucy is a beautiful, little Italian girl who lives alone with her Papa Gino and loves to eat spaghetti in a hot dog bun each day for lunch. However, a lonely and grumpy classmate, Ralph, uses Lucy’s differences as a way to daily torment her until a defining moment occurs in which Lucy chooses courage and forgiveness over revenge.

All in PDF format for Distance Learning, Virtual Environment, and Google Classrooms

Included in this 76 page Book Companion

  • pg. 4 Character Traits Venn Diagram
  • pg. 5 Story Elements Graphic Organizers
  • pg. 9 - 4 Writing Prompts
  • pg. 11 Decorative Writing Papers- 2 in color, 2 in Black/White
  • pg. 19 Vocabulary Cards In Color (8 words and a header to display, both for in-person & distance learning students)
  • pg. 30 Vocabulary Worksheets: Definition Fun, Find the Code, Word Search, Word Scramble, and Answer Sheets
  • pg. 39 Vocabulary Test - Easy and Hard and Answer Sheet
  • pg. 42 Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun Cut-Outs: Color and Black/White (Students make their own spaghetti in a hot dog bun and serve on a plate)
  • pg. 52 You are Out of This World Quotes: For In-Person and Virtual Learners (10 quotes and a header to display for both groups of learners)
  • pg. 71 Character Pictures of Lucy and Ralph for Bulletin Board Use (in color)
  • pg. 73 Character Coloring Pages (In-Person and Virtual Learners)

Wow! It is jam-packed!

For Virtual Learning Environments:

  • Purchasers of this product may distribute this packet over the internet to their assigned classroom students and/or homeschool or homebound students as long as the internet site is password protected.

  • Purchasers may also distribute this packet to their students in print form that do not have access to the internet or computers at this time.

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Thank you for choosing this packet to share with your students during this time. We are all in a tough place, stretching our wings, learning a new online world, and wishing to be with our students at the same time.

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Total Pages
76 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).


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