Thank you for looking through my store and settling on the novel study of We Are Growing! I wanted to give you some ideas on how I used each activity, but please feel free to use the activities in any way that you see fit.
(1) Book Investigation: I began the novel with this page. The students make predictions based on a note that the author provides in the inside front cover of the story. The note is from Mo Willems, and it gives the students some clues as to what may occur during the story. They use this information to make their predictions for the story.
(3) Character Emotions: I pair this activity with the characterization pages. We discuss emotions, and how Walt would feel when all his friends are changing and growing. The students then get to create an emoji based on the emotion that they select from the chart.
(4) Characterization: There is one characterization page on Walt. I put the students into pairs to work on this page. They work together to discover the actions, quotes, physical traits, and emotions that Walt experiences throughout the story.
(5) Character Emotions (Part 2): The other character emotion page focuses on the part of the story when the lawn mower is getting closer and closer to the blades of grass. The students have to determine how the grass felt at that moment. They then get to illustrate the facial expressions that pair with the emotions that they came up with in the first part.
(6) Character Traits: The students will make a list of character traits. They select the trait that they want their blade of grass to become. They then illustrate the blade of grass and how it would look. At the conclusion, I used green construction paper to make a field of all the different types of character trait blades of grass.
(7) Character Wheel: The character wheel is a simple graphic organizer that I used to look further in depth into Walt’s character. This was a great page to use with the high achievers.
(8) Figurative Language: This activity pairs nicely with the mentor text. I added this page on onomatopoeias because Laurie Keller uses them often throughout the story. It makes it easier for the students to use them in the next activity.
(9) Mentor Text: The mentor focuses on three writing styles that Laurie Keller uses in his stories. First, using bubbles to let the audience know who is speaking. Next, the use of all capitals and onomatopoeias to show the different noises and the volume of them. The students will have the opportunity to make what they think will happen on the next page of the story.
(10) Character Investigation: The students investigate why they think that Walt is upset during the story.
(11) Sequence of Events: A basic comprehension page that the students can use to illustrate three important events that occur during the story.
(12) Sequence of Events: A basic comprehension page that the students can use to illustrate four important events that occur during the story.
(13) Text to Self Connections: The students have the opportunity to complete a graphic organizer that makes a text to self connection. Also, the students will attempt to make a text to text connection at the conclusion of the activity.
(14) Graphic Organizer: Finally, this is an overview of the entire story. This can be used as an early finisher after any of the activities in the packet.
I hope you enjoy!