This resource contains a variety of reading, language arts, and math activities for the story Verdi, by Janell Cannon.
Pythons – Nonfiction text – Use this short article to build background on pythons before reading the story.
Vocabulary Flashcards - Introduce and use these vocabulary flashcards throughout your study of Verdi. I have included a blank set of cards in case there are other words that you would like to focus on with your students. When discussing these words, you can discuss phonics and word analysis skills, as well as incorporate mini-lessons on word endings, syllables, and parts of speech.
Vocabulary Graphic Organizer – Use this graphic organizer to expand you students’ understanding of the vocabulary words in this story. You can choose to focus on as few or as many words as needed and students can either work independently or in small groups. I often give my students this activity in groups. Each group focuses on a different word. Then we jigsaw and share so that everyone can hear about each word.
Verdi Comprehension Questions – Assess students understanding of the story using these comprehension questions.
Cause and Effect Chart – Use this chart to teach and / or assess your students understanding of cause and effect relationships.
Writing Activity – Students imagine they are Verdi and write a thank you letter to older snakes for taking care of him. Rubric included.
Editing Sentences – Students show their understanding by rewriting these sentences about Verdi using correct grammar, punctuation, and capitalization.
Synonyms Matching Puzzles – These puzzles incorporate some of the vocabulary words taught in this story making this activity not only great for teaching synonyms, but a great vocabulary review as well. The puzzles cards let the students know instantly if they have made the correct match, making them perfect for a center.
Story Events Sequence Chain – Assess your students understanding of the story by having them accurately sequence the major events in the story.
Cinquain Poetry Activity – Students will use what they have learned about Verdi to write a ciquain poem.
Verdi Graphing Questions – The graphing questions and choices are designed to fit in a rectangular pocket chart (approximately 12 x 30 – chart not included), but could also be displayed just as easily on a board using magnetic tape. The students cast their vote by placing a small colored rectangle above their choice. These questions can be used throughout the study of Verdi and will allow the students to reflect on their opinions about the story, as well as generate great math conversations.
Graphing Printable – This printable worksheet allows you to choose any of the Verdi graphing questions and turn it into a complete graphing lesson. Students will use the data collected to create a tally chart, bar graph and picture graph. Students are also given the opportunity to write about their data collection results.
Snake Word Problems – Incorporate these snake word problems into your instruction for a complete thematic approach.
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