This picture book companion is a fantastic supplemental resource for interactive read-aloud lessons using the book Bonaparte Falls Apart, by Margery Cuyler. It’s the perfect read-aloud for the days or weeks leading up to Halloween or for teaching your students about friendship and kindness. Students will love the engaging and fun activities, and you will appreciate the time it saves you looking for high-level resources to teach reading concepts that students often struggle with.
With 26 print-and-go reading activities to select from, this resource is ideal for personalizing instruction based on your student’s needs and academic capabilities. Students will dig into characterization, identify story elements, determine the theme, sequence events from the story, gain and apply new vocabulary, find cause-and-effect relationships, practice elements of the plot, and so much more!
This Resource Includes:
- See, Think, Wonder – Pre-reading activity applying the illustration on the cover to make predictions and ask questions before reading the book.
- Story Elements – 2 differentiated versions are included for this activity
- Story Elements #1 – Students fill in the boxes with words and pictures to represent the story elements. Picture clues are included for students who need a little prompting.
- Story Elements #2 – Students fill in the boxes with words and pictures to represent the story elements.
- Making Connections – Students make connections to an event from the story.
- Character Traits – 3 differentiated versions are included for this activity
- Character Traits #1 – Students choose 2 important character traits to describe Bonaparte and provide evidence from the text to support their choices.
- Character Traits #2 – Students choose the top three character traits that best describe Bonaparte, and then give examples from the story to support their choices.
- Character Traits #3 – Students choose the most important character trait that describes each character and provides examples from the text that support the traits they chose.
- Problem & Solution – Students identify & explain the problem & solution in the story.
- Cause & Effect – 3 differentiated versions are included for this activity (ANSWER KEYS included)
- Cause & Effect #1 – Students fill in the missing cause or effect with either a cut-and-paste picture or text. This activity is for students who need more prompting.
- Cause & Effect #2 – Students fill in the missing information with either the cause or the effect.
- Cause & Effect #3 – Students fill in the boxes with cause & effect examples from the story.
- Making Inferences – Students use clues and schema to come up with 2 inferences they made from the text.
- Theme – 3 differentiated versions are included for this activity
- Theme #1 – Students answer the questions to determine the theme of the story and provide text evidence. This activity is for students who need more prompting.
- Theme #2 – Students answer the questions to determine the theme of the story and provide text evidence. This activity is for students who need a little prompting.
- Theme #3 Thematic Statements – Students choose the thematic statement that they believe fits the story the best and include evidence from the text to support their choice.
- Retell the Story – Students cut-and-paste the event cards in the correct order and retell the story events in the bones. (ANSWER KEY included)
- Sequencing – Students will write a sentence and draw a picture to show the correct order of events in the story.
- Plot Map – Students cut-and-paste the event cards in the correct order and describe what’s happening for each event. (ANSWER KEY included)
- Summarizing – Students complete the Somebody, Wanted, Because, But, So graphic organizer and write a summary of the story.
- Wait… There’s More! – Students will create 2 more pages for the end of the book that includes a few sentences and colorful illustrations similar to those used in the story.
- A Bone-a-fide Book Review – Students rate how much they enjoyed the book, draw a new cover, and explain why kids should or should not read it.
- Vocabulary Matching Cards – This activity can be used during stations or posted on a word wall to reinforce vocabulary words from the story. versions are included.
- Sayings and Phrases Matching Cards – This activity can be used during stations or posted on a word wall to reinforce the sayings and phrases from the story. versions are included.
- Silly Sayings – Students will write the meaning of the underlined sayings and draw a picture to represent each of them. (ANSWER KEY included)
- Vocabulary Crossword Puzzle – Students will complete a crossword puzzle by matching words from the story to their definitions. (ANSWER KEY included)
- Vocabulary Word Search Puzzle – Students find the hidden vocabulary words in the puzzle. (ANSWER KEY included)
The included activities were designed to encourage students to use higher-level thinking skills, require students to provide text evidence to support their thinking, and challenge them to provide their own opinions and/or perspectives.
This resource is for extension read-aloud activities only. The books are not included.
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