Back to School Book Companions Bundle

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Starting the year off right means starting with the best literature. This bundle includes SIX of my favorite titles including Each Kindness, Thank You Mr. Falker, Junkyard Wonders, The Bad Seed, The Cool Bean, and A Bad Case of Stripes. The first four titles include both digital and pdf while The Cool Bean and A Bad Case of Stripes are boom card activities.

HOW TEACHERS CAN USE THESE BOOKS AND ACTIVITIES:

During the first week of school, every classroom works to build community and establish group norms. These titles teach empathy, accepting others, building friendships, establishing rules and class norms, and much more. Each title includes before, during, and after activities for vocabulary, comprehension, and writing. You'll find a few projects included too.

WHAT SKILLS ARE ADDRESSED IN THESE RESOURCES:

ACTIVITIES TO USE WITH THANK YOU MR FALKER:

  • schema building
  • tier 2 vocabulary for the book
  • comprehension skills include story plot (problem/solution)
  • summarizing
  • author's craft (2 pages)
  • visualizing
  • author's purpose
  • questioning (task cards, response page, and quiz)
  • book review project
  • a bucket filler response
  • Hard Work Pays Off writing prompt

ACTIVITIES TO USE WITH JUNKYARD WONDERS

  • Give one, Get one about Junkyards
  • Vocabulary organizer with 7 pre-selected words and word cards
  • Cause and Effect Relationships Anchor Chart and Activity
  • Story Elements Organizer
  • Summarizing
  • Making Comparisons between Texts
  • Making Connections
  • Questioning Task Cards and Recording Form 4 pages
  • Letter Writing
  • Writing Prompt (full writing prompt and materials 7 pages)

ACTIVITIES TO USE WITH EACH KINDNESS

Activity Set 1: Book Companion for Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson

Use before, during, after activities to highlight the important themes in this book. Skills include vocabulary, inside/outside character traits, story impressions and inferences, theme vs. main idea, questioning, and text evidence. 10 pages including task cards and response page.

Activity Set 2: Acts of Kindness Lapbook Project:

Help your students define kindness, think of ways kindness is shown around them, come up with ideas for Random Acts of Kindness, identify kindness in others, and plan for a peaceful future with this print and go lapbook.

Activity Set 3: Welcome to Our Classroom Book

Each child writes about what makes him/her special and unique and shares tips for new students to help them with school and classroom routines, unique things about the class, and such.

Activity Set 4: Digital unit using Google Slides TM

Everything in the first three sets has been put in color for use on your smartboard or one to one devices. Students can create on the computer and share all files with you electronically for a paperless experience.

ACTIVITIES TO USE WITH THE BAD SEED

  • The best things about me schema builder
  • Preteaching vocabulary organizer and word cards
  • Visualizing with text description
  • Sequencing with Sticky Notes
  • Story Elements organizer
  • Questioning (quiz or question task cards/response form offering 2 options)
  • Story Summarizing with an Acrostic Poem (Sunflower)
  • Social Emotional Development Lapbook for Back to School (9 pages-"Be the Best Seed You Can Be")
  • Writing Extension (3 pages including a cover)

ACTIVITIES TO USE WITH A BAD CASE OF STRIPES

Each digital task card has full audio support. Teachers can project them for group discussion or assign to students. Students respond (drag and drop activities) to comprehension questions, sequence the events of the story (2), identify the story elements, sort cause and effect events, and write about extended response questions. This resource is best used AFTER reading or listening to the story.

ACTIVITIES TO USE WITH THE COOL BEAN

Each digital task card has full audio support. Students respond (drag and drop activities) to comprehension questions, sequence the events of the story (2), identify the story elements, sort cause and effect events, and extended responses. This resource is best used AFTER reading or listening to the story too.

FEEDBACK MATTERS. HERE ARE COMMENTS TEACHER HAVE LEFT ABOUT THESE UNITS:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Sparking Secondary says, "I actually used parts of the packet when we used Each Kindness during a literature study on Jacqueline Woodson in my 8th grade ELA class. We were also having some issues with the kids not being kind, so it helped there as well. I knew it was for younger kids, but it actually was an engaging activity for them and we had some excellent discussions. "

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Absolutely LOVE this! Thank you for making this so thorough with not only comprehension but applying the book to their own lives!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stranded Goose says, "I love the variety of activities in this product. I was easily able to separate it into a skill focused days to fit my students' needs. "

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Mary Russell says, "This a great resource for using this book and provides different comprehension strategies as well as higher order thinking skills! "

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Annette H. says, "I sent this to my on-line students during a week I wasn't going to be seeing them Two of my students are on the autistic spectrum. They loved the story and the work they were able to do relating to the story. They could easily navigate the work!! "

OTHER BACK TO SCHOOL RESOURCES I RECOMMEND:

Classroom Community Paper Bag Book

Nerdy Birdy by Aaron Reynolds

Back to School Lapbook, Classroom Community Project, Classroom Rules

Social Emotional Learning Poetry

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