After using some awesome story companions from a few of my very talented bloggy friends, I forgot how much I really loved incorporating literature themes into my sessions. I do it all the time with my preschoolers. Because I do inclusion for language in my older grades, I rarely get the chance to use it with my language groups.
With the variety that some of these packets offer, I was able to easily adapt them for the classroom. Anyway, I thought I’d take a stab at it myself, mostly so that I could have the variety of targets I needed to address different classes and grade levels. One of my favorite Jan Brett books is The Three Snow Bears. It’s kind of like a arctic version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. My kids of all ages love it!
- Story props – I use these for an added visual while reading the story, as well as to help with story retell. They love playing with them and acting out the different scenes.
- Sequencing cards – Put the cards in order the events occurred in the story. You can also use these for retell.
- Vocabulary cards – 8 simple pictures for describing, identifying, or defining
- Vocabulary synonym matching – A little higher level. You can use the context clues to figure out what the word means and then find the matching synonym. Play it like memory.
- Comprehension questions – 16 comprehension questions with visuals
- Predicting chart – This chart can be completed as you read the story. I plan on bringing this in the classroom when they address this skill and doing it together.
- Summarizing organizer – Summarize the main events in the story by using this graphic organizer.
- Compare & contrast organizer – This lets you find the similarities and differences between this story and the original Goldilocks and the 3 Bears. I also plan on doing this one whole group.
- Inferencing chart – My fourth and fifth graders have to be able to come up with their own inferences. This chart will help them understand how they got their inference and what each part means.
- Feelings inferences – As you read the story, infer how each character might be feeling. Match the thought bubbles to the cards.
- Good & bad manners sort – Talk about what is and isn’t appropriate by sorting igloos onto the ice mats.
- Game board – This is an open-ended game board to be used with the enclosed cards or any card deck you choose.
- Articulation cards for /r/, /s/, /l/
- Regular plural cards
- Regular and irregular past tense cards
- Game board wild cards
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