This picture book companion is a perfect accompaniment to Aaron Reynolds’ book, Creepy Carrots. It’s the ideal interactive read-aloud for the days or weeks before Halloween or Easter, or for educating your students about acceptance, inclusiveness, kindness, and greed. Students will love the engaging and fun activities, and you will appreciate the time saved hunting for high-level resources to teach reading concepts that students frequently struggle with.
With 29 print-and-go reading activities to choose from, this resource is ideal for customizing learning to your student’s specific needs and academic ability. Students will investigate characters, identify story elements, identify the theme, sequence events from the story, explore and use new vocabulary, discover cause-and-effect relationships, explore plot elements, and much more!
This Resource Includes:
See, Think, Wonder – Before reading the book, students will carefully examine the front cover and describe what they see, make predictions about what the book is about, and add questions they think the book might answer.
- 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.
- Jasper’s Problem & Solution – Students identify & explain Jasper’s problem & solution in the story.
- The Carrots Problem & Solution – Students identify & explain the carrots’ problem & solution in the story.
- 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. (ANSWER KEY included)
- Cause & Effect #2 – Students fill in the missing information with either the cause or the effect. (ANSWER KEY included)
- Who is Jasper Rabbit? – Students include details from the story to describe what the character says, thinks, does, and feels.
- Character Traits #1 – Students choose two important character traits that describe Jasper and provide evidence from the text to support their choices. (ANSWER KEY included)
- Character Traits # 2 – Students choose the most important character trait that describes each character and provides examples from the text that support the traits they chose.
- Carrots Creeping – Students illustrate what Jasper thinks he sees vs what is actually there.
- Character Perspective– Students will compare the perspectives of the characters on a story event of their choice by drawing a picture and adding words to the thought bubbles.
- Character Development – Students describe how Jasper Rabbit’s character changed throughout the story.
- Story Retell –– Students cut-and-paste the picture cards to match the event descriptions. (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.
- Making Inferences – Students use clues and schema to come up with two inferences they made from the text.
- Making Connections – Students make connections to two events from the story.
- Sensory Details – Students choose an event from the story and describe it from the character’s perspective using all five senses.
- Theme #1 – Students answer the questions to determine which theme best fits the story and provide text evidence to support their choice. (ANSWER KEY included)
- Theme #2– Students answer the questions to determine the theme of the story and provide text evidence. (ANSWER KEY included)
- Theme #3 Thematic Statements – Students choose the thematic statement they believe best fits the story and include evidence from the text to support their choice.
- Reader Response Questions– Students respond to multiple-choice and short-answer questions. (ANSWER KEY included)
- Vocabulary Matching Cards – This activity can be used during stations or posted on a word wall to reinforce vocabulary words from the story. Print either the version on cardstock, laminate and cut apart.
- Synonyms – Students will determine the meaning, include a synonym, and draw a picture for the underlined vocabulary words in the sentences. (ANSWER KEY included)
- Vocabulary Crossword Puzzle – Students will complete a crossword puzzle by matching words from the story to their definitions. (ANSWER KEY included)
- Creepy Carrot Creation – Students will create their own creepy carrot, name it, and draw a picture. Then, they explain another way the carrots could have tricked Jasper that includes the new carrot they created.
- Wait… There’s More!– Students will create 2 more pages for the end of the book including a few sentences and colorful illustrations similar to those used in the story.
- Book Review– Students rate how much they enjoyed the book, draw a new cover, and explain why kids should or should not read it.
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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