Lesson plans, text dependent questions, graphic organizers, writing, and craftivity for each book
Here are the titles and a brief overview of our November K-1 read-alouds:
Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson
A Tree Grows Up by Marfe Ferguson Delano and Little Tree by Loren Long
After reading many different books this month and trying to decide on the perfect texts to use, we came across “A Tree Grows Up” and “Little Tree.” After reading both texts we realized they would work perfectly as a fiction and nonfiction compare/contrast lesson. The first-day students answer text dependent questions around facts learned in “A Tree Grows Up.” After learning about the changes trees go through during each season, the students will draw and write about the trees in each season. The second lesson will guide students as they answer text dependent questions about “Little Tree.” The students will draw and write how Little Tree’s friends changed through the seasons as well as how Little Tree changed once he was no longer afraid to drop his leaves in the fall. The third lesson compares the nonfiction text to the fictional story. Students will write (or complete the cut and paste option) to find the similarities and differences in both texts. The lessons end as students complete the fun tree craft which uses shredded paper as leaves.
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
“Owl Babies” by Martin Waddell” is one of those stories that we can read over and over again. Three baby owls wake up one night to find their mother is missing. At first, they are brave, but as the dark night goes on, they talk themselves into being scared. This is a wonderful book to discuss feelings because the illustrations and dialogue tell so much of the story.
To capture key ideas and details, we will have students sequence the story, then complete a story elements, graphic organizer. Then, we will analyze illustrations and dialogue to dive into how the characters’ feelings change throughout the story. Finally, we will have students relate to the baby owls by writing about something that scares them. Then, they create an owl craft to compliment the writing.
Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes
Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes is a simple story, but it is perfect for getting young students to reflect on the things they are thankful for. This cute story is written in rhyme, you will fall into a nice rhyme as you read it. The story works so well in November and complements the other stories we read this month. Thanks for Thanksgiving allows you to hold a deeper discussion about Thanksgiving with your class. The first lesson in our read-aloud focus’ on things the kids in the story are thankful for. We had our students write things they are thankful. For the second lesson we discussed the point of view of the characters from the story and then we had our students write their own point of view about Thanksgiving. They turned out so cute! The final lesson we revisited the text for the last time and then had students write a thankful thought. We hung the thankful thoughts on our bulletin boards and accompanied them with a cute craftivity.
You can purchase each of these read-alouds from our The Core Coaches’ store. Your students will love these read-alouds and you will love meeting so many Reading Literature and Informational Text Core Standards. Download our free scope and sequence to see what standards are being taught in each read-aloud.