The Ultimate Kevin Henkes Author Study and MORE!

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Mandy Gregory
Grade Levels
1st - 2nd
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130 pages
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I personally love Kevin Henkes books so this resource was perfect for me and my kids. They also enjoy reading his books but have these book companions makes it more enjoyable for the kids!
This was a great resource for my gifted students. We did a Kevin Henkes author study, and this complimented it so nicely. Thank you!


Kevin Henkes writes adorable books that all kids love! This pack was created as a resource for your Kevin Henkes author study. It is packed with lesson ideas, vocabulary lessons, interactive notebook pages, posters, craftivities, a reader’s notebook for application of learned skills, and a post assessment.

Some formal lessons are included. I also wrote suggested list of activities and vocabulary ideas for the following books:

• Chrysanthemum

• Julius: The Baby of the World

• Shelia Rae, the Brave

• Owen

• Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse

• Chester’s Way

I do suggest teaching the books in the listed order as the lessons and ideas build upon each other. The skills covered in this unit are:

• Identifying characters (main and supporting), setting (time and place), events, problem, and solution.

• Identifying beginning, middle, and end

• Retelling stories (oral and written)

• Comparing and contrasting stories

• Making connections (text-to-self and text-to-text are explicitly covered. text-to-world is mentioned but not taught explicitly since there are few, if any examples, of these in Henkes’ books).

Also included are five interactive notebook pages that are perfect for students to record notes on during the lessons.

The interactive notebook pages included:

• Reading Case Files- tab book to record the definition of each story element. This is a cloze activity to match the posters.

• Temporal Word Flap- Students record temporal words and then explain how they help organize retellings under the flap.

• Venn Diagram Flip Book- Students can practice comparing and contrasting apples and oranges from the poster during the mini lesson to practice.

• Making Connections Flip Book- Students can record the definitions of each type of connection.

• Beginning, Middle, and End Flip Book- Students can practice recording or drawing the beginning, middle and end of a book.

To enhance the suggested activities I have included 14 posters. The posters are available in color or in black and white to save ink. The posters include the following topics:

• Characters

• Main characters

• Supporting characters

• Setting

• Problem

• Events

• Solution

• Compare

• Contrast

• Plot

• Text-to-self connection

• Text-to-text connection

• Text-to-world connection

Four craftivities are included to allow students to practice skills either independently or with a partner. Students will:

• Create a retelling with Lily’s Boot from Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse

• Write a text-to-self connection with a Chrysanthemum peek over

• Write a text-to-text connection with a Shelia Rae, the Brave lunch box

• Compare and contrast Owen and Shelia Rae, the Brave on Owen’s Blanket with an Owen peek over

After reading the included books and going over the suggested activities and ideas, students can complete their “Reading Detective” notebook. The notebook is a small, half-sheet of paper with an “I can” statement, standard and a task for students to complete in their own, independent reading text.

A post assessment is included. Students read a passage (about the beginning of second grade level) and answer questions about story elements, vocabulary, and compare and contrast the characters.

I hope this pack gives you plenty of resources and ideas to help make your Kevin Henkes study a success!


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