Swimmy, by Leo Lionni Book Study

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Looking for a variety of engaging reading, language arts, and math activities for the story Swimmy, by Leo Lionni? This resource has everything you need!

This resource contains the following:

Vocabulary Flashcards - Introduce and use these vocabulary flashcards throughout your study of Swimmy. I have included a blank set of cards in case there are other words that you would like to focus on with your students.

Vocabulary Graphic Organizer - Use this graphic organizer to expand you students’ understanding of the vocabulary words in this story. You can choose to focus on as few or as many words as needed and students can either work independently or in small groups. I often give my students this activity in groups. Each group focuses on a different word. Then we jigsaw and share so that everyone can hear about each word.

Vocabulary Assessment – Use this printable to assess your students’ understanding of the vocabulary words focused on throughout the story.

Comprehension Questions - Assess students' understanding of the story using these comprehension questions.

Story Map - Help your students to understand the major events and structure of the story Swimmy by completing this story map.

Summarizing Paper - Students can then use their completed story map to write a summary of the story Swimmy.

Sequencing Activity - Assess your students understanding of the story by having them accurately sequence the major events in the story.

Swimmy Craftivity – Students will use creativity and writing skills to create their own “Swimmy”. Just print the fish provided in this resource on card stock and allow the students to decorate their fish using a variety of materials (markers, crayons, watercolors, stickers, etc.). Students will then use the lined circles to write about what makes them unique. Glue the student’s writing in the center of the fish. Two different writing choices are provided to allow you to differentiate based on the needs of your students.

S-Blends Sorting Center – (provided in color and black and white)– Have your students identify the s-blends (sw, st, sp, sn, sm, and sk) using this adorable fish phonics center. Just print the fish and fishbowls on card stock and laminate and you will have a center that you can use year after year. Students will look at the s-blend picture on each fish and sort them into the correct fishbowl. This center is also provided in black and white to help save your colored ink! A recording sheet has also been provided in case you would like to use the center as an assessment.

Short / Long Vowel Words Printable – Students will sort words directly from the story Swimmy according to their vowel sound.

Adjectives Poster – This poster provides a great visual reminder.

Adjectives / Nouns Sorting Cards – Have your students sort words directly from the story Swimmy. This is great as either a whole class or small group activity.

Adjectives Printable / Assessment – Assess your students understanding of adjectives using this printable.

Underwater Photographs (categorizing activity) - Use these beautiful underwater photographs to not only reinforce your study of adjectives, but to also practice categorizing as well. Just print the cards provided and have the students sort the pictures according to a variety of characteristics. Some examples include, colorful / dull, large / small, etc.

Underwater Descriptive Writing - Extend the activity described above by having your students write a descriptive paragraph about a photograph of their choice. This is another great way to review adjectives and would be perfect for a center.

Swimmy Word Problems – Incorporate these Swimmy word problems into your instruction for a complete thematic approach.

Swimmy Daily Graphing Questions – Get your students talking about both the story and math by using these daily graphing questions. The students cast their vote by placing a small colored rectangle above their choice. These questions can be used throughout the study of Swimmy.

Graphing Printable - This printable worksheet allows you to choose any of the Swimmy graphing questions and turn it into a complete graphing lesson. Students will use the data collected to create a tally chart, bar graph, and picture graph. Students are also given the opportunity to write about their data collection results.

Underwater Arrays - Review arrays using this printable.

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