This unit emphasizes emergent reading skills including prediction, vocabulary development, story mapping, character comparisons, and recalling and ordering events.
Every primary teacher knows Tacky, the scrappily individualistic penguin brought to life by author Helen Lester and illustrator Lynn Munsinger. This literature unit accompanies the first book in the series, Tacky the Penguin. It begins with a prediction page the student is asked to return to after reading to judge their its relative accuracy. A vocabulary page that introduces words specific to the story follows. The third page asks the student to correctly order the storyÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s main events. The student is asked to fill in a story map on pages five and six on which he or she must describe the storyÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s setting, characters, problem, 3 main events, and the problemÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s solution. On page seven the reader is asked to compare him or herself to Tacky. This requires the child to identify TackyÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s character attributes by comparing them to his or her own. The final page is a vocabulary worksheet about words and their opposites. A complete answer key accompanies the download.