Workbook to accompany Owl at Home by Arnold Lobel. Includes Answer Key
This is a fun workbook for the classic text. My students’ fluency increases noticeably when we start reading real “chapter books,” and I use their excitement about chapter books to deliver content-based skills lessons. The excerpts from the text that form the questions get the students to read and reread those words and think about the text.
The workbook covers skills important in the CCSS. Listed on the TPT site are the standards for grade 1; most of them overlap between Kindergarten and grade 2.
1. Comprehension questions about the text, including getting information from illustrations and relating events in the text to students’ lives.
2. Skills questions: rhyming words, syllables, punctuation, capitalization, common spelling rules, compound words, long and short vowel sounds, silent E. Also verb affixes of +ing and +ed.
3. The workbook gives students practice with a variety of question types: Fill in the blank, short answer, long answer, matching, true/false. With this variety, doing the workbook is always engaging.
At the end of each chapter is a fun coloring activity, in which students put their words in the speech bubbles. This gives them one more chance to give meaning to the text they’ve read and give the characters their own voice.
The workbook can be used for whole group or small group instruction. I usually have different small groups working together on different texts. I call one group over, we take turns reading aloud, and then we look at the questions for that chapter. We talk about how to answer each question. Then I send that group off to work together independently from me while I work with another group on a different text. Some years, if my readers are stronger, I give the 4 or 5 pages of reading as homework and then we answer the questions in class.
16 page workbook + 8 page answer key