Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig is a book LOVED by kids!
This response journal will help make this unit easy for you and worthwhile for the kids. It is a book that is well known to most kids, which makes it a great journal to utilize in your K-1 classroom. To use, simply copy the pages you would like for your class to work on (I choose about 4-5) and copy with the cover on top!
*Journal Cover Page
*Characters and Setting
*Beginning, Middle, and End
*Cause and Effect (blank version, and a version with prompts)
*Problem and Solution
*Most important part of the story
*Text to Self Connection
*Writing a friendly letter
*Venn Diagram to compare Sylvester to a real donkey
*Synthesis—What did Sylvester learn from this experience?
*Story Sequencing with pictures
*Setting—Sylvester through the seasons
* _____ and the Magic Pebble—creative writing prompt
*Sylvester Word Search
*Sylvester Craftivity—Choice of 2 writing prompts, and Sylvester patterns
Please see the preview file for example pages.