The Boy Who Grew a Forest by Sophia Gholz Lesson Plan & Activities

The Boy Who Grew a Forest by Sophia Gholz Lesson Plan & Activities
The Boy Who Grew a Forest by Sophia Gholz Lesson Plan & Activities
The Boy Who Grew a Forest by Sophia Gholz Lesson Plan & Activities
The Boy Who Grew a Forest by Sophia Gholz Lesson Plan & Activities
The Boy Who Grew a Forest by Sophia Gholz Lesson Plan & Activities
The Boy Who Grew a Forest by Sophia Gholz Lesson Plan & Activities
The Boy Who Grew a Forest by Sophia Gholz Lesson Plan & Activities
The Boy Who Grew a Forest by Sophia Gholz Lesson Plan & Activities
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A guided reading or interactive read aloud lesson plan for the biography / nonfiction mentor text picture book The Boy Who Grew a Forest: The True Story of Jadav Payeng by Sophia Gholz and Kayla Harren. An excellent book about growth mindset, biography, community, conservation / forestation and environmental studies for Earth Day!

Lessons and activities focus on:

  • Summarizing key details (4 strategies: narrative retell, timeline, graphic organizer, Somebody Wanted But Then So)
  • close reading for describing character traits
  • comparing and contrasting characters/texts
  • analyzing text structure
  • analyzing the main idea and details

The lesson plans include:

  • teacher script with strategic stopping points and questions for students to discuss
  • printable prompts for student post-reading responses through discussion in writing or reading response logs
  • 4-5 day plan
  • Discussion questions
  • Suggested discussion strategies
  • Strategic stopping points for questioning and close reading
  • Anchor chart examples
  • Sentence stems / frames for oracy and vocabulary development
  • Great for bilingual classrooms
  • Printable worksheets for written responses

How to Use This Resource:

  • whole group
  • small group
  • as a reading  intervention
  • special education (SPED)
  • bilingual or Dual Language / DLI classrooms
  • with ELLs for ESL instruction
  • Great for 1st , 2nd, 3rd or 4th grade

Your first, second, third or fourth grade students will love this story!

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
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