I absolutely adore this story! (But I am a wiener dog lover! I actually named my very first wiener dog Oscar after the character in this book!) So, every Fall this is on my "must read" list. My children beg for it to be read over and over, so it is the perfect book for a close read/story companion! This companion is filled with many different "close reading" activities for you! (All of them are differentiated, so this makes planning a easy as well!)
In this companion, you will find:
-14 Story elements anchor charts (characters, setting, plot, cause, effect, onomatopoeia, summarize, inference, prediction, visualize, making connections, questions, vocabulary, important ideas and author’s purpose )
-7 different story elements foldables (characters, settings, retelling-beginning middle and end, cause and effect, story brochure, Title/details)
-Activity pages: Retelling (2 differentiated), Main character bubble map, most important part, Author’s purpose
-Response to reading worksheets that include a cover page, so that you can choose the pages/topics you would like to use print, staple and go! Use them in centers, listening centers, full group close reading, literature circles, guided reading! Tons of different options! You can easily use the boook for a week or just a day or two! You can choose! Topics covered:
--story mapping: Setting/characters/problem/solution
-retelling beginning, middle end (2 differentiated sheets)
-sorting characters and setting
-Cause and effect (2 differentiated sheets)
-problem and solution (2 differentiated sheets)
-Most important part (3 differentiated sheets)
-Making and confirming predictions
-Roll with it comprehension sheet
-Book Review (3 differentiated sheets)
-Making connections to the text
-Bubble maps for each character in the story
-Favorite character -This story makes me think of…
-Choose a character and compare that character to yourself
-Visualize the setting (3 differentiated sheets)
-Visualize the main character (3 differentiated sheets)
-Visualize your favorite character (3 differentiated sheets)
-Write a letter to the author
-Write a letter to the illustrator
-Character Close-ups! For each character
-The funniest part…
-Making connections to the text (3 differentiated sheets)
-Cause and effect chart
-Do you like Halloween?
-Did you like the story?
-Do you think the other dogs were bullies?
-Do you think Oscar is a hero?
Included for each survey: student response slip for graphing, Question and other headers for pocket chart and a data recording and examination answer sheet. A writing page to defend their opinion given in the survey as well.
Series of Tri-folds:
-story and 3 details
-problem and solution
-beginning, middle end
-Character changes from beginning to end
-Favorite part; part I would change
-Main idea and 2 details
-Add to the story
-retelling interactive booklet (with a handy pocket to store the puppets in when not using!)
Vocabulary cards full page, half page, word wall/pocket chart size
Syllable counting pocket chart activity for vocabulary words
Write the Room activity with student response sheet
The activities are common core aligned. They cover the following standards:
Common Core standards:
RL.1.1 I can ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
RL.1.2 I can identify the main topic and key details in a text.
RL.1.3 I can describe character, setting, and major events in a story.
RL.1.5 I can explain the differences between fiction and nonfiction text.
RL.1.7 I can use details in a story to describe characters, settings, and events.
RL.1.9 I can compare and contrast characters in stories.
W.1.1 I can write about my opinion and supply a reason.
W.1.5 I can respond to a writing prompt.
W.1.8 I can write about my experiences.
L.1.4 I can use context clues to figure out the meaning of a word or phrase.
1.MD.4 I can gather and interpret data and answer questions like how many, how many more or less.