Kick off the holiday season with another beloved Strega Nona story!
Strega Nona is working hard to prepare for the many celebrations of the holiday season and as usual, Big Anthony wants to help. One special event, to celebrate the animals, has got Big Anthony’s mouthwatering. So many delicious foods tempt him. Trouble arises when Big Anthony sneaks a taste…or several…of Signora Goat’s special meal. How will Big Anthony solve his problem? Will Signora Goat forgive him? Students will love hearing this story to hear what Big Anthony is up to now!
This interactive read aloud is designed for one class period, however extensions can be taken over several days. The lesson objective is: Students will be able to determine the theme of Strega Nona’s Gift by analyzing character traits and actions. At the end of the lesson, after students participate in discussion about character traits and actions, students will write in response to the prompt: What theme, or lesson, can readers learn after reading Strega Nona’s Gift?
In addition to determining the theme (the lesson’s main objective), extension skills and strategies include: predicting, inferring, vocabulary, using text evidence, compare/contrast, creative writing, and more!
In the lesson plan, target questions are posed along with expected student answers and scaffolding questions to support students as needed. The scaffolding questions are designed to help students organize their thinking and understanding in smaller chunks to reach the target question.
The essential question, objective, and questions are in the lesson plan, but also in a printable format to be projected or posted for the lesson.
This lesson focuses on 10 key vocabulary words. Other vocabulary words may be pertinent for your students: included are blank vocabulary cards so that you can customize for your students’ needs.
-Lesson Plan page w/ text’s big idea, EQ, target, vocabulary list, assessment, and teacher language
-Teacher's questioning guide w/stopping points, questions, expected answers, and possible scaffolding questions
-Template to print questions/vocabulary on post-its and place in the book before teaching for easy reference. Please note: on each post-it, you will find (for the corresponding page) key vocabulary, the main lesson plan questions and scaffolding questions.
-Quick print form of the questions to be projected/posted during read aloud
-Graphic Organizer with lesson questions for students to collect their own thinking during the read aloud
-Assessment task cards
Extensions and Extras to continue the learning:
-10 vocabulary cards and 2 blank cards
-student vocabulary graphic organizer to infer meaning of words and phrases and provide context clues (answer key Included)
-Activity to compare and contrast Big Anthony at the beginning and end to explain how he changes throughout the story
-“Design your own holiday feast” activity page
-3 versions of a vocabulary 4-square activity
-creative writing page using vocabulary words from the text (2 differentiated variations for students’ varying abilities)
-4 kinds of Extension and Discussion task cards (3 to a page)
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