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THE PANDA PROBLEM Activities and Read Aloud Lessons for Distance Learning

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Our The Panda Problem Activities are now digital for distance learning with editable teaching slides and worksheets based on Deborah Underwood's book. Read aloud the picture book then use the printables or go paperless with Google or Seesaw to practice standards-based skills.


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THIS READING UNIT FOCUSES ON USING THE MENTOR TEXT TO TEACH:

◼️READING STRATEGIES
☐ making predictions
☐ analyzing character
☐ analyzing setting
☐ plot | problem - solution
☐ story elements

◼️SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING TOPICS
☐ problem solving
☐ patience

◼️GRAMMAR & LANGUAGE CONCEPTS
☐ types of sentences
☐ capitalizatin
☐ ellipses

SUMMARY OF THE MENTOR TEXT:

The story The Panda Problem follows a narrator and a main character through a story. The narrator is trying to tell the story about a panda who has a problem, but the panda insists that he doesn’t have a problem.

Instead of the panda having a problem, he decides to create more and more problems for the narrator. Eventually, the panda has to admit that he has a problem when he finds himself hungry and all the way in Antarctica!

Students will laugh out loud while they hear the panda and narrator interact with each other in the story.

HOW THIS RESOURCE SAVES YOU TIME and IMPROVES STUDENT LEARNING:

♥ The comprehension questions are grouped by reading strategies for easy lesson planning.
♥ It is standards-based and covers all aspects of language arts instruction.
♥ The activities were designed to be open-ended for easy differentiation and modification.

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INCLUDED READ ALOUD LESSON IDEAS & PICTURE BOOK ACTIVITIES:

Comprehension Questions categorized by reading strategy; text-dependent
Social Emotional Learning guidance lesson ideas & discussion topics based on the story
Vocabulary Activities with kid-friendly definitions
Grammar Topics selected to align with the text
Focus Sentences use the book & author's craft as a mentor text to improve writing
Lesson Planner summary, background info and planning space

Story Mapping Printable identify character, setting, problem and solution

Making Words Activity Page use any word from the book

Focus Sentence copy work, identifying elements of the sentence, rewriting)

Design a New Book Cover demonstrate understanding of the text by creating an illustration

Predicting Activity primary-ruled and wider-ruled versions
Summarizing Somebody → Wanted → But → Then → Finally

Comparing and Contrasting using a Venn Diagram

Cause and Effect analyze how events affect one another

Visualization illustrate visualizations from the story and support thinking with text-based evidence

Making Connections identify text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world connections

Thematic Writing Paper Use with the Writing Prompts... Makes a Great Bulletin Board

2 Sequencing Activities First → Next → Then → Last and Beginning → Middle → End

2 Vocabulary Activities Vocabulary Booklet and Word Mapping

2 Character Trait Activities listing traits and supporting traits with text-based evidence
30 Text-Based Writing Prompts 3 prompts for each of the following types of writing:

  • narrative
  • persuasive / opinion
  • descriptive
  • expository / informative
  • creative / story writing
  • procedure / how-to
  • list making
  • letter / postcard writing
  • poem
  • book reviews

INCLUDED DIGITAL ACTIVITIES:

➜ 5 Teaching Slides to use for instruction (add questions, vocabulary, instructions, etc)

➜ 15 Student Pages for use in Google™️ Classroom or as editable files to create customized printables
➜ 20 Image Files so you can use the resource with Seesaw™️ or another platform

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★★THIS RESOURCE IS ALIGNED WITH THESE CCSS STANDARDS BELOW★★

FIRST GRADE

  • READING LITERATURE: CCSS.RL.1.1 CCSS.RL.1.2 CCSS.RL.1.3 CCSS.RL.1.4 CCSS.RL.1.7 CCSS.RL.1.9
  • READING FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS: CCSS.RF.1.1 CCSS.RF.1.1a
  • WRITING: CCSS.W.1.1 CCSS.W.1.2 CCSS.W.1.3 CCSS.W.1.5 
  • LANGUAGE: CCSS.L.1.1 CCSS.L.1.1a CCSS.L.1.1b CCSS.L.1.1c CCSS.L.1.1eCCSS.L.1.1f CCSS.L.1.1h CCSS.L.1.2a CCSS.L.1.2b CCSS.L.1.2d CCSS.L.1.2e CCSS.L.1.5c CCSS.L.1.6     
  • SPEAKING AND LISTENING: CCSS.SL.1.1 CCSS.SL.1.1a CCSS.SL.1.1b CCSS.SL.1.1c CCSS.SL.1.2

SECOND GRADE

  • READING LITERATURE: CCSS.RL.2.1 CCSS.RL.2.2 CCSS.RL.2.3 CCSS.RL.2.5 CCSS.RL.2.6 CCSS.RL.2.7 CCSS.RL.2.9
  • READING FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS: RF.2.3 RF.2.4.c
  • WRITING: CCSS.W.2.1 CCSS.W.2.2 CCSS.W.2.3 CCSS.W.2.5
  • LANGUAGE: CCSS.L.2.1 CCSS.L.2.1e CCSS.L.2.3 CCSS.L.2.4a CCSS.L.2.6     
  • SPEAKING & LISTENING: CCSS.SL.2.1 CCSS.SL.2.1a CCSS.SL.2.1b CCSS.SL.2.1c CCSS.SL.2.2 CCSS.SL.2.3     

THIRD GRADE

  • READING LITERATURE: CCSS.RL.3.1 CCSS.RL.3.2 CCSS.RL.3.3 CCSS.RL.3.4 CCSS.RL.3.5 CCSS.RL.3.6 CCSS.RL.3.7 CCSS.RL.3.9
  • READING FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS: RF.2.3 RF.2.4c
  • WRITING: CCSS.W.3.1 CCSS.W.3.2 CCSS.W.3.3 CCSS.W.3.4 CCSS.W.3.5 CCSS.W.3.10 CCSS.W.3.1a CCSS.W.3.1b CCSS.W.3.1c CCSS.W.3.1d CCSS.W.3.2a CCSS.W.3.2b CCSS.W.3.2c CCSS.W.3.2d CCSS.W.3.3a CCSS.W.3.3b CCSS.W.3.3c CCSS.W.3.3d
  • LANGUAGE: CCSS.L.3.1   
  • SPEAKING AND LISTENING: CCSS.SL.3.2 CCSS.SL.3.3 CCSS.SL.3.4 

CCSS ANCHOR STANDARDS (ALL GRADES)

  • LANGUAGECCSS.CCRA.L.1 CCSS.CCRA.L.2     
  • READING: CCSS.CCRA.R.1 CCSS.CCRA.R.2 CCSS.CCRA.R.3 CCSS.CCRA.R.4 CCSS.CCRA.R.9     
  • SPEAKING AND LISTENING: CCSS.CCRA.SL.1 CCSS.CCRA.SL.4  
  • ANCHOR STANDARDS FOR WRITING: CCSS.CCRA.W.1 CCSS.CCRA.W.2 CCSS.CCRA.W.3 CCSS.CCRA.W.4 CCSS.CCRA.W.5 CCSS.CCRA.W.10  

IT'S ALIGNED WITH THE TEXAS ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE and SKILLS ( TEKS )

FIRST GRADE

  • DEVELOPING AND SUSTAINING FOUNDATIONAL LANGUAGE SKILLS: TEKS.1.1.C TEKS.1.1.D TEKS.1.1.A TEKS.1.12.C.iii TEKS.1.12.C.iv TEKS.1.13.B
  • AUTHOR’S PURPOSE AND CRAFT: TEKS.1.10.A TEKS.1.10.B -EKS.1.10.C TEKS.1.10.D
  • COMPOSITION: TEKS1.11.A TEKS.1.11.B.i TEKS.1.11.B.ii TEKS.1.11.D.ix TEKS.1.11.x TEKS.1.11.E TEKS.1.12.A TEKS.1.12.B TEKS.1.12.C
  • COMPREHENSION SKILLS: TEKS.1.6.B TEKS.1.6.C TEKS.1.6.D TEKS.1.6.E TEKS.1.6.F
  • RESPONSE SKILLS: TEKS1.7.A TEKS1.7.B TEKS1.7.C TEKS1.7.D TEKS1.7.E TEKS1.7.F
  • MULTIPLE GENRES: TEKS1.8.A TEKS1.8.B TEKS1.8.C TEKS1.8.D

SECOND GRADE

  • DEVELOPING AND SUSTAINING FOUNDATIONAL LANGUAGE SKILLS: TEKS.2.1.A TEKS.2.1.C - TEKS.2.1.D TEKS.2.1.E TEKS.2.3.B
  • AUTHOR’S PURPOSE AND CRAFT: TEKS2.10.A TEKS2.10.B TEKS2.10.C
  • COMPOSITION: TEKS.2.11.A TEKS.2.11.D.xi TEKS.2.11.E TEKS.2.12.A TEKS.2.12.BTEKS.2.12.C
  • COMPREHENSION SKILLS: TEKS.2.6.B TEKS.2.6.C TEKS.2.6.D TEKS.2.6.E TEKS.2.6.F TEKS.2.6.G TEKS.2.6.H
  • RESPONSE SKILLS: TEKS.2.7.A TEKS.2.7.C TEKS.2.7.D TEKS.2.7.E TEKS.2.7.F
  • MULTIPLE GENRES: TEKS.2.8.B TEKS.2.8.C TEKS.2.8.D

THIRD GRADE

  • DEVELOPING AND SUSTAINING FOUNDATIONAL LANGUAGE SKILLS: TEKS.3 .1.A TEKS.3.1.C TEKS.3.1.D TEKS.3.1.E TEKS.3.3.B
  • AUTHOR’S PURPOSE AND CRAFT: TEKS3.10.A TEKS3.10.B TEKS3.10.C
  • COMPOSITION: TEKS.3.11.A TEKS.3.11.D.xi TEKS.3.11.E TEKS.3.12.A TEKS.3.12.B TEKS.3.12.C
  • COMPREHENSION SKILLS: TEKS.3.6.B TEKS.3.6.C TEKS.3.6.D TEKS.3.6.E TEKS.3.6.F TEKS.3.6.G TEKS.3.6.H
  • RESPONSE SKILLS: TEKS.3.7.ATEKS.3.7.C TEKS.3.7.D TEKS.3.7.E TEKS.3.7.F
  • MULTIPLE GENRES: TEKS.3.8.B TEKS.3.8.C TEKS.3.8.D

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Provide a sense of closure.
Use temporal words and phrases to signal event order.
Use dialogue and descriptions of actions, thoughts, and feelings to develop experiences and events or show the response of characters to situations.
Establish a situation and introduce a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.
Provide a concluding statement or section.
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