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Independent and Guided Reading

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  • This activity page allows young students to show (draw) and tell (write) the main idea of a non-fiction book. Includes a place for 2 supporting details.

  • Write a description and explain why this was your favorite character.
  • Use this page to divide your portfolio categories or for a notebook cover.
  • Learn about the "My Pyramid" food guide! This mini-unit features a reading comprehension, Venn diagram, and several short answer and essay writing prompts, designed to promote understanding and creative thinking.
  • Vocabulary and comprehension questions to review Mary E. Pearson's modern day "Romeo and Juliet". Includes character Venn, multiple choice and short essay questions, and more.
  • Suggestions for teachers to guide students during a "read aloud" of Peggy Rathmann's 1996 Caldecott winner, with pages for students to fill in their own before, during, and after reading questions; this unit includes art prompts.
  • Enhance reading and understanding of any book with this great "story boxes" (or story sacks, or story bags...) project. Adaptable to any age.
  • Suggestions for teachers to guide students during a "read aloud" of Kevin Henkes's popular story of a worrier, with pages for students to fill in their own before, during, and after reading questions; this unit includes art prompts.
  • Suggestions for teachers to guide students during a "read aloud" of Aliki's popular story of friendship, with pages for students to fill in their own before, during, and after reading questions; this unit includes art prompts.
  • Writing and drawing prompts to review Barbara Cooney's popular story of a woman who wanted to make the world a more beautiful place. This ties in nicely with Earth Day or with a citizenship unit.
  • This activity page allows students to explore the main idea of a non-fiction book. Students will provide 3 pieces of evidence to support the main idea.

  • Suggestions for teachers to guide students during a "read aloud" of Robert McCloskey's 1949 Caldecott honor book, with pages for students to fill in their own before, during, and after reading questions; this unit includes art prompts.
  • Suggestions for teachers to guide students during a "read aloud" of Syd Hoff's popular story, with pages for students to fill in their own before, during, and after reading questions; this unit includes art prompts.
  • Suggestions for teachers to guide students during a "read aloud" of Mercer Mayer's story about nighttime fears, with pages for students to fill in their own before, during, and after reading questions; this unit includes art prompts.
  • Suggestions for teachers to guide students during a "read aloud" of Kevin Henkes's popular story of a girl with an unusual name, with pages for students to fill in their own before, during, and after reading questions; this unit includes art prompts.
  • "In what ways does the setting of the movie differ from how it was presented in the book?" Many popular children's books are being made into films-- this list of questions helps students develop critical thinking skills while comparing the two media.
  • "What tasks must the hero accomplish?" This page of questions can be applied to almost any fantasy/adventure book. An excellent checklist for book reports, these questions are also a good way to check student comprehension.
  • The pages for this book unit include: a pre-reading writing about caring, loving and giving; five comprehension questions that require brief written response; two supported examples of personification; identification of themes with supporting evidence; a post-reading activity; a word search of vocabulary terms; and answer keys (8 pages)

Notes

  • Our "Beyond the Covers" full units each offer a guided in-depth look at a featured book. These lessons include vocabulary and reading comprehension, and then go beyond- encouraging students to put themselves in the plot - and to see how the stories apply to their own lives. These units are great for guided or independent reading.