The Chocolate Touch, Patrick Skene Catling's inventive retelling of the cautionary myth of King Midas, is already pretty sweet. It’s got humor, it’s got magic, and a lesson that anyone could apply to their lives. What could make this any sweeter?
Answer: An awesome packet of thorough and fun reading comprehension practice, of course!
In classic 88Brains fashion we really dig into the story to provide students with tons of practice. Check out the preview to get a closer look, and keep reading to see how these plans are set up.
Here's what we provide for each chapter:
* An "I Can" statement that gives an overall learning objective that clearly states what each child should be able to do upon completion of the chapter.
* Pre-selected vocabulary words, definitions, example sentences, and a place for your students to demonstrate their mastery of the words by writing their own sentences.
* A mini-lesson that introduces or reviews a specific reading skill.
* Reading skill practice examples for the following skills:
- Main Idea and Supporting Details
- Cause and Effect
- Context Clues
- Plot Elements (Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action and Resolution)
* Activities that the students complete to practice the reading skills, including graphic organizers, fill-in-the-blank activities, and crossword puzzles
* A literacy skill practice assignment that students can complete individually, in pairs or small groups, or with the teacher. Literacy skills for The Chocolate Touch include:
* A writing challenge sections. Writing challenges are presented in three different formats:
- General writing challenges which invite students to participate with the characters and plot by drawing parallels to their own experiences. (Think: text-to-self, text-to-text, or text-to-world.)
- Figurative language writing challenges which introduce and review onomatopoeia. Students will then complete sentence prompts to practice using these forms of figurative language.
- Visualization writing challenges which invite students to describe sights, sounds, smells and feelings by extrapolating details from the setting and putting themselves inside the world of the story.
* Super-cute original clip art illustrations
* A vocabulary review section that will spiral back through the selected vocabulary of previous chapters.
* Vocabulary review quizzes that assess students’ mastery of selected vocabulary (chapters 1-4 and 5-12)
We wrap up the packet with the following:
* A general review crossword puzzle requiring students to provide the names of various reading/literacy skills and figurative language types introduced throughout the packet.
* Test Prep practice examples to walk students through problem solving strategies.
* A 15-question multiple-choice assessment that prepares students for EOGs, EOCs, and other standardized tests.
* A Glossary of vocabulary words and reading comprehension terms, including definitions and example sentences
* Answer Keys.
* The Chocolate Touch book set.
* Your own special Teacher Swag!
* Print in color to enhance the super-cuteness of the clip art illustrations
* Consider printing front and back for green points
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