Students will read about some odd animals. The story is preceded by a guided reading lesson plan. The lessons are formatted using curriculum expectations and allow for before, during and after reading segments which assist with reading assessments. Independent practice pages incorporate reader's response and focus questions. A word study, Dolch sight word lists, word families list and anecdotal observations worksheet is also included. Meets Common Core Standards by discussing ideas with others, analyzing and reflecting upon texts, identifying main ideas and supporting details, reading and comprehending text, using inferences to explain ideas in a text, summarizing the text; identifying the theme and determining the meanings of unknown words.