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Grade Levels
PreK - 3rd, Homeschool
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40 pages


This literature guide is to be used with the picture book, THE VERY OLDEST PEAR TREE, written by Nancy I. Sanders with art by Yasmin Imamura. (Publication date on August 20, 2020 by Albert Whitman and Company).


In the 1630s in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, a Puritan settler planted a pear tree…the first pear tree in America. More than a century later, the tree still bore fruit, impressing a famous poet and one of the first US presidents. The pear tree survived hurricanes, fire, and vandalism, and today, nearly 400 years after it was first planted, it’s alive and strong, and clones of it grow all around the United States. Read about its story in the engaging picture book, THE VERY OLDEST PEAR TREE.

Written to support the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, this educator's guide is geared for the kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and third grade classroom and homeschooling family.

As the author of THE VERY OLDEST PEAR TREE, I prepared this educator's guide and aligned the learning activities to support the standards so you can implement this picture book into your classroom! In this educator's guide you'll find:

* Haiku writing activity

* Interactive Notebook pages: Counting 1-10

* Interactive Notebook pages: 2 KWL Flip-flap books

* Coloring page

* Label Parts of a Tree sheets

* 3-D craft to label parts of a tree

* Bubble map, Double Bubble map, Tree maps

* Writing prompts and sheets

* Vocabulary sheets

* W, W, W, W, W, AND H sheet and full-color poster

A great resource when studying Arbor Day, Earth Day, Trees, Fall, and American History!

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 2–3 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.


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