The Junkyard Wonders ... Literacy Skillwork

The Junkyard Wonders ...                         Literacy Skillwork
The Junkyard Wonders ...                         Literacy Skillwork
The Junkyard Wonders ...                         Literacy Skillwork
The Junkyard Wonders ...                         Literacy Skillwork
The Junkyard Wonders ...                         Literacy Skillwork
The Junkyard Wonders ...                         Literacy Skillwork
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Patricia Polacco’s The Junkyard Wonders is the perfect follow-up read to Thank You, Mr. Falker. Both stories are based on the real-life experiences of the author, and inspires young readers to find their “inner genius.” As such, it’s the perfect Back-to-School read aloud for students in grades 1-5. It’s also a great read any time of the year, and supports any character education program you might be using.

The various themes of this story sets the tone for student work habits and behavioral expectations in the classroom throughout the school year. The story deals with several themes, including special needs, creativity, and perseverance.

The activities included were created to be used before, during, and after reading. Answer Keys are provided.

Included are:

1. Comprehension: Task Cards and Student Recording Sheet.

2. Vocabulary Development: Challenging and/or unfamiliar words are presented in a PowerPoint presentation (.pdf), where students can practice their decoding skills while learning new vocabulary through words, illustrations, and excerpts from the text. Also included is a “Vocabulary Hunt” graphic organizer for students to use either before, during, or after reading. We generally use the graphic organizer during the PowerPoint presentation.

3. Character Traits: In “Who’s in the Junkyard?” students identify character traits and descriptions, and cite evidence from the text to support their responses.

4. Theme: Students read and discuss quotes from the story to identify themes.

5. Literary Devices: Students work with literary devices found in the book, including simile, metaphor, onomatopoeia, personification, idioms, and hyperbole. Literary devices are presented in an interactive PowerPoint, which is a mini-lesson on literary devices. Students are then challenged to identify literary devices found in text.

6. Assessment: End-of-Book Quiz

Ease into the new school year with these no-prep, timesaving activities, while jumpstarting your Language Arts and Character Education programs.



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