This file has several activities to do with the book The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry
I believe picture books can be read and enjoyed by all ages. These activities are geared towards upper elementary students. There are a lot of skills that can be learned and addressed through picture books. These activities can be used in a variety of ways, as appropriate for the teacher.
Reflective questions are standards based (Common Core and Indiana), geared towards upper elementary students. Students will need to reflect back upon the text and give details to support their reasoning. They encourage a deeper thinking.
Extension activity is meant to encourage creative thinking and application using research. Students will be researching the animals in the book using QR codes. QR Codes are linked to reliable websites with specific animal facts and information. Then they will be applying their knowledge by giving alternate reasons to not cut down the tree.
Questions cards can be used in a variety of ways. They could be used as task cards, for students to move around the room and respond to. I think they would be best for a think-pair-share type atmosphere where students work on their speaking and listening skills. They would also make great discussion starters for a Socratic seminar.
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