This January toolkit is great for the reading upper elementary classroom.
This toolkit includes lesson plans, overview of the book, SEL connections, vocabulary words, before/during/after reading questions, extension activities for each book (including writing activities!), anchor charts, and a student workbook featuring 6 extension activities for each book & 3 writing activities with vocabulary words (hands on activity & workbook), graphic organizers to support learning main idea comprehension in context.
The 4 Books for January are:
– You Wouldn’t Want to be on Apollo 13 (Problem & Solution)
– Pluto! (Summary)
– The Proudest Blue (Conflict)
– The Bad Case of Stripes (Cause & Effect)
What does this unit contain?
♥ Lesson Plans for the entire week
♥ Overview of the book that you can read and become familiar with the book and even read to your students.
♥ SEL Connections ideas and tip to connect the book to an SEL topic or theme.
♥ Vocabulary Words for each book and can be used as a sort or as part of the workbook.
♥ Before Reading Questions to generate thinking and activating prior knowledge.
♥ During Reading Questions to help hold students accountable as they or you are reading the book.
♥ After Reading Questions to have students think outside of the box.
♥ Reading Response Questions that students can insert into their notebook to respond to the question related to the text. These questions are higher order questions.
♥ Extension Ideas are great for your students to use when you want to take the lesson plans even further but place the learning in their hands. Each book comes with 3 extension activities to use.
♥ A Book Talk (Mini Lesson Plans) is a mini lesson plan just for the teachers. The teacher can print these out and use them as a book mark for the book and have their questions right at their fingertips so they don’t have to search all over for the questions.
♥ Anchor Charts are provided for skill or theme of the book. You have 4 options to print – a black and white (which can be displayed and traced), a color one (printed), half sheets for the notebook or quarter sheets.
♥ A student workbook is provided for the students and then there are 6 different activities that the students can complete independently or with fellow classmates. Each of pages contains a graphic organizer for the students complete.
♥ Writing Activities for each book encourages the students to think and write about the book.
How do you find the book(s)?
It’s easy to find the books needed: just check out your local library! To add more to it, there might even be selected read alouds on Youtube that you can use to boost up the engagement level in the classrooms. You can also purchase the books at used book stores or Amazon.
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