The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodsen: Picture Book Companion

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Have you read this amazing book celebrating diversity and encouraging kids to be brave? The Day You Begin is Jacqueline Woodsen's and Rafael Lopez' latest collaboration. The text is lyrical and the illustrations just beautiful!

This picture book unit or sub pack is for those days when you can’t help being absent or just use it yourself when you want a fun day! .Just have the book and the copies ready to go in an accordion folder.

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The Day You Begin

Included here:

Kid friendly biography of Jacqueline Woodsen

*Easy story map

*Story Map



*Poetry: acrostic
*Writing: Reflective essays (3 options)

*Using Google docs

*Problem solving

Social Studies
*Researching places


*Stamps of Rafael Lopez

*Art of Rafael Lopez: Storyboarding the first day of school

This sub pack is for those days when you can’t help being absent. Just have the book and the copies ready to go in an accordion folder. Sometimes you just want a fun day- you can use this for that too!!

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Total Pages
25 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 days
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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.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.


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