I love Jan Brett stories! (So do my kids!) I love reading this story to them after we have spent time studying "The Mitten". (This great story is like the rainforest version! What a great way to compare two texts.)
In this Story Companion, you will find:
-6 Story elements anchor charts (characters, setting, plot, problem, solution and onomatopoeia)
-7 different story elements foldables (characters, settings, retelling beginning middle and end, problem and solution, story brochure, Title/details, onomatopoeia)
-Compare umbrella occupants from beginning to end
-My New Character (add a character to the story)
-Choose a character to spend the day with activity
-My Favorite Part
-Reading response activities:
-Journal cover (if you choose to do a bunch of the activities, this is nice to have to put them together)
-Let’s Add to the Story
-Real life animals vs animals in the story (Contrast activity)
-Compare “The Umbrella” to “The Mitten”
-Beginning, middle and end
-Characters and setting sort
-Problem and Solution
-Story Map: Characters, Setting, problem and solution
-Cause and Effect
-Most Important part
-Bubble maps for all the characters
-Bubble map for Bear’s feelings
-Venn Diagrams: quetzal vs. toucan; hummingbird vs. jaguar; tapir vs. jaguar; kinkajou vs. monkey; frog vs. jaguar
-Roll with it! Title, Author, setting, characters, problem, solution
-Venn Diagrams comparing all animals in the story to their real life versions
-Sorting rainforest animals from not rainforest animals
-Visualize main character
-Who, What, Where, When, Why, How
-Pick your favorite character and describe them
-Venn Diagram: Compare Yourself to a Character of your choice
-Write a letter to the author
-Write a letter to the illustrator
-List what to do/not do when meeting a new friend
-Character Close up! For all the different characters
-Inference response page
-Text dependent responses:
-Why didn’t Carlos see any animals?
-What was the most unbelievable part of the story?
-How does the Umbrella end up in the river? Draw and write.
-Sequencing of the story
-- pocket chart surveys
-Would you want to visit the Rainforest?
-Did you like the story?
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.
-vocabulary for the story: full and half page sheets, pocket chart/word wall set of the words with pictures.
-retelling interactive booklet (with a handy pocket to store the puppets in when not using!)
-Write the Room Cards
- Onomatopoeia pocket chart activity
The activities are common core aligned. They cover the following 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.
This story companion is packed full of activities for full group close reading, small group, literature circles. You can choose the activity sheets that apply to the concepts you would like to focus on! The activities are common core aligned and many use higher order critical thinking skills. Your children will be loving the activities and you will be loving how easy they are to implement! Win-Win!