“Stellaluna” by Janell Cannon is well loved both for its beautiful message and for its fabulous illustrations. You will love sharing this book with your students, and it’s a great read aloud for teaching the Common Core State Standards for Reading Literature 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 9!
In this story, a sweet little fruit bat named Stellaluna is separated from Mother Bat and falls into a bird’s nest where she has to learn to eat bugs and stay awake during the day, and then give up hanging upside down. When she is found by another bat and learns how to be a bat again, her silly bird friends—Pip, Flitter, and Flap—try to be like bats too and fly at night, which nearly proves disastrous. This is a great read-aloud for discussing how friends can have things in common and yet be different from each other. Max Learner’s text-dependent questions teach close reading as they guide you and your students back into the text to discover the central message of the story. Relax and enjoy “Stellaluna” right along with your students without worrying about what standards-aligned questions to ask them at the end. We’ve done all the work so you don’t have to!
A no-prep worksheet is included with the text-dependent questions for this story as a follow up to your teaching, with particular emphasis on teaching the concept of same/different. An answer key is included.
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