Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon is an excellent book. My daughter received this as a gift and it has been the gift that keeps on giving. This book is about a young girl and a grandmother who believes in her. Despite what others tell Molly Lou Melon her grandmother, a strong, positive influence in her life, influences Molly otherwise. This book teaches you to believe in who you are no matter what anyone else might say or do. A great read and with Catrow’s vibrant illustrations your class will want you to read it over and over again.
I have created a variety of activities for Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon to correspond with the first grade Common Core English Language Arts Standards. The standards can be found on the activity pages.
Table of Contents:
~ literacy practice: identify character traits… pages 2 & 3
~ literacy practice: identify the setting… page 4
~ literacy practice: retell the story… pages 5 & 6
~ literacy practice: identify the problem & solution… page 7
~ literacy practice: comprehension (supporting details)… page 8
~ literacy practice: identify author’s message… pages 9 & 10
~ literacy practice: response to literature graphic organizer and writing paper… pages 11 & 12
~ vocabulary practice: alphabetical order and language application page … page 13
~ grammar practice: capitalization in sentences… page 14
~ grammar practice: noun sorts… pages 15 & 16
~ grammar practice: common and proper nouns… page 17
~ grammar practice: noun and verb sort… page 18
~ grammar practice: identify common and proper nouns in a sentence… page 19
~ grammar practice: writing names… page 20
~ grammar practice: ending punctuation… pages 21 - 23
~ writing practice… pages 24 - 26
~ literacy practice: sequencing cards and sentences in color… pages 27 - 28
~ literacy practice: sequencing cards and sentences in grayscale… pages 29 - 30
Each activity has been created to support the Common Core's high standard of higher level thinking. Therefore, depending on the dynamics of your class, I suggest using the content of these pages as a starting point to be done in whole group if you are a first grade teacher introducing these concepts. I also suggest that you come back to this book as the year progresses and your students become more comfortable with the first grade standards.
For the second grade teachers, I would use each activity and response sheet as a treview of what your second graders learned in first grade.
Happy reading and writing!