The Girl Who Thought in Pictures, The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin, is an amazing book. These activities are the perfect way to share this book with your students during a whole class read aloud, in small groups or in a literacy center.
This is a wonderful book that I’m sure you’ll enjoy sharing with your class. It’s a picture book, written in verse. This packet will guide you in sharing the book with your class as a read aloud. The book would also work in a reading center either before or after you read it aloud to your class.
This zipped file has two types of files. One is editable. That means the text boxes can be edited, but the images and some text images with special fonts cannot be changed. You can also add new text boxes or images. The other file is a PDF with nine pages that can be printed as a large poster for use during your read aloud lessons. Directions for printing the posters is included. You'll also receive a link to a digital file that can be saved to your Google Drive and shared with your class. Students can then access the digital file from their devices, type on them and then save or print (as you direct).
This packet includes:
Read Aloud Discussion Questions (with suggested responses)
You can print these cards to have handy while you are reading the book aloud to your class. The book does not have page numbers, so I numbered the pages in my book in order to coordinate them with the discussion question cards. You can number your book pages with a marker, or add sticky notes with the page numbers. The text on these cards are editable. That way you can type in your own questions.
Thinking Notes, Brochure and Class Notes Poster
This brochure is designed to be printed back to back. Your students can use them to jot down their thoughts and/or questions as you read the book aloud. The brochure can also be glued into a journal. The brochure can be part of a reading center, along with the book, for students to read and take notes with a partner or small group.
Read Aloud Anchor Charts
These charts can be used to focus your read aloud discussions on specific reading skills (character traits/evidence, main idea, and cause/effect). The charts come in color and black/white. They are also in two sizes, full page and then a smaller size that can be cut out and added to a reading journal. As an added bonus, I've included suggested text images to the side of the pages that you can drag onto the page before printing. Or, you can leave the page blank so kids can write in their own responses. A third option is to add your own text box(es) and add any text you want!
Stop and Chat Cards
These twelve cards can be laminated and cut out. Then they can be used by partners or small groups in a reading center, along with the book. When using them in a reading center I place a few sticky notes that say “Stop and Chat” on the pages of the book. When students see the note they stop reading, choose one of the chat cards and talk about it. Another option is to have students use the cards as journal writing prompts.
I Have, Who Has Vocabulary Game
The last activity is a vocabulary game with 24 words from the book. After the cards are distributed to the kids, the student with the first card reads it aloud. The student with the word that fits in the sentence, reads his/her card next. Play continues until all cards have been read. The game can be played whole class or in a smaller group or center. If there are fewer than 24 students, they each get more cards. If you have more than 24 students, some students will need to share a card.
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