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As a former elementary teacher, I hope that the Beyond the Text Bundles designed with each book are easy to use and print, so that you can seamlessly continue the connections and comprehension from the read aloud and conversation starters in each book, into small group and independent work with the bundles.
You can also visit our TeachersPayTeachers store linked here for full bundles, individual activities, and lots of extra exercises - including some freebies!
The bundles are broken into three leveled options including one for Pre-K & Kinder, First & Second, and Third & Fourth grades, with sample learning objectives listed. Many activities also have correlating video clips on our YouTube page to accompany your lesson!
Each Beyond the Text Bundle includes exercises in:
Reading Comprehension: exploring a comprehension strategy such as summarizing, main idea, compare & contrast, character traits, making connections and inferencing
Vocabulary Building: highlighting five words from the text to include definitions, synonyms and antonyms, or using context clues for understanding
Word Mechanics: center-based independent work to review phonics strategies, rhyming pairs, word sort, matching, etc...
Writing Prompt: encouraging writing in descriptive, narrative, how to or informative styles
S.T.E.M. Exercise: a technology based exercise relating to science, engineering or math
Building Character: a character building activity that correlates to the challenges faced in the story
Whole Group Activity: a group project-based task relating to the story to experience at home or in the classroom
Think Like An Author: prompting students to put themselves in my shoes to write the next page of Blooming Rose Blasts Off!
Think Like An Illustrator: a black and white, partially illustrated page to embellish and reflect their self-written author page
Blast Off Bookmarks: a design your own rocket bookmark template to print, along with instructions for adding your own ribbon or yarn tassel
Learning Objectives: grade level learning objectives for all activities are also listed in the bundle to make lesson planning a breeze
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