“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 this 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!
Get “the max” out of your read-aloud time with the included close reading worksheet--great for independent workers, pairs, or small groups—and “Same and Different” writing activity. Answer keys are included.
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