The Tree That's Meant to Be Lesson Plan and Book Companion

The Tree That's Meant to Be Lesson Plan and Book Companion
The Tree That's Meant to Be Lesson Plan and Book Companion
The Tree That's Meant to Be Lesson Plan and Book Companion
The Tree That's Meant to Be Lesson Plan and Book Companion
The Tree That's Meant to Be Lesson Plan and Book Companion
The Tree That's Meant to Be Lesson Plan and Book Companion
The Tree That's Meant to Be Lesson Plan and Book Companion
The Tree That's Meant to Be Lesson Plan and Book Companion
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Welcome the holiday season with Yuval Zommer's heartwarming, newly released picture book, The Tree That's Meant to Be. Designed for primary students, this comprehensive lesson plan is packed full of engaging opportunities for students to discuss the story's theme. This download is loaded with options to customize for the perfect-fit lesson for your class. A wide variety of standards-based book companion activities can be done at a time that works best for your students!

Lesson Objective: Students will be able to determine the theme of The Tree That’s Meant to Be by analyzing how the tree changes throughout the story.

Lesson questions will focus on describing how the main character (the tree) changes from beginning to end. An optional t-chart is included to collect this evidence. At the end of the lesson, students will respond to the the following prompt independently: What theme did you learn from the way the tree changes in The Tree That’s Meant to Be? How do you know? Several differentiated assessment options are included.

**Be sure to check out the preview of this lesson for a more in-depth look at what you’ll get with this 60-page download!!**

For the lesson, teacher resources include: teacher guide with skill rationale/teacher language, lesson plan with stopping points, text-dependent questions (and scaffolding questions for each), expected student responses, post-its to print questions and place in book for easy reference during the lesson.

Other student resources included: large, printable form of the essential question, student friendly objective, and questions to post for visual learners.

There are tons of extras and extensions to be used after the lesson for more fun and learning!

  • 5 colorful vocabulary cards and 4 blank cards
  • Student vocabulary graphic organizer to infer meaning of words and provide context clues
  • Vocabulary activity options and photographs representing each word
  • Students describe how the tree’s feelings change from beginning to end. There is a place for students to sketch and write their response. This can serve as additional support if some students need more practice before the assessment.
  • Students practice the strategy of visualizing. On the movie reel, students sketch the five most important events that helped them understand the story. Then, label their sketches with key words from the text.
  • Sequencing story events on post-its. This can be done independently or in groups. Just print one page of post-its per group. Students sort and stick on a sentence strip. Then, practice retelling the story in their own words.
  • For those who are ready, students retell the story through writing. They may use the boxes to sketch/label or plan their retelling with key words from the text. Then, students write their retelling on the lines.
  • Students make text-to-self connections by comparing and contrasting their own holiday decorations with the tree’s decorations. Students can sketch or write to complete the Venn Diagram.
  • Students color the forest illustration using the color by sight word table.
  • Students read the short passage. To demonstrate their reading comprehension, students cut and paste pictures into correct spots on the illustration.
  • Students create the Christmas tree life cycle, then use background knowledge and story clues to describe each part of the cycle.
  • Students think about the actions of the tree and the forest friends. Then, read and sort the descriptive words and glue next to the matching character. Students then choose one additional word to describe each character and write in the two remaining boxes.
  • Students respond to and illustrate a variety of responses in The Tree That’s Meant to Be mini-book. There are six pages; just copy front to back, cut in half, and staple!

Thank you for checking out this lesson plan! Please let me know if you have any questions before purchasing.

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Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
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.
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60 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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