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This picture book companion is a complete supplemental resource for the book A Log’s Life by Wendy Pfeffer.
With 19 print-and-go reading activities to choose from, this resource is ideal for customizing learning to your student’s specific needs and academic abilities. Students will investigate elements of narrative nonfiction texts, sequence story events, compare & contrast, make predictions & connections, infer, answer questions that require them to think beyond the text, and much more!
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. The activities provided are designed to enable students to apply higher-level thinking skills, encourage them to provide text evidence to support their thinking, and challenge them to express their own thoughts and/or perspectives.
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- Making Predictions: Before reading the book, students will make predictions about the text.
- Story Elements: Students fill in the boxes with words & pictures to represent the story elements.
- Sequencing: Students will retell & illustrate the important parts of the story.
- Making Inferences: Students use clues & schema to make inferences while reading the story.
- Making Connections: Students make connections to an event from the story.
- Cause & Effect: Students match the cause and effect relationships by drawing an arrow from the causes to their effects (ANSWER KEY INCLUDED).
- Sketch a Scene from the Story: Students draw a scene from the story and explain why it’s important to the plot.
- Setting Influences the Plot: Students will draw a scene from the story that takes place in one of the settings and write about what happened there and why it was important to the plot.
- Sensory Language: Students read the text from the story and describe what they can see, hear, feel, & smell.
- Home Sweet Home: Students will draw and label all the creatures that call a tree and a log home.
- Animals Depend on the Oak Tree: Students use the pictures to help them describe how each animal depends on the oak tree in different ways.
- Habitat Homes Booklet: Students draw and label a habitat for each critter.
- Noticing Important Details: Students will answer the questions about the story & include examples from the text to support their answers.
- Before & After: Students draw before and after pictures of the oak tree and explain their illustrations.
- Wait… There’s More!: Students write and illustrate two more pages to add to the end of the book.
- Author’s Message: Students will describe four important events from the story in chronological order in the boxes on the timeline below. Then answer the questions about the author’s message.
- Critter Research: Students roll a die to see which animal they will research. Then, they research the animal, looking for information to answer the questions.
- Life Cycle: Students will illustrate each stage of the life cycle of the critter they researched.
- Text-to-Text Connections: Students will make connections using the books, A Log’s Life and Cactus Hotel.
Need ideas for different ways you can implement these activities?
- Focus on different reading skills each day for targeted instruction, and have students complete a corresponding printable to check for understanding.
- During centers, students can independently read the story again and complete an activity that reviews a previously taught concept.
- Work with students on a reading concept they struggle with during guided reading or strategy groups.
- Students work with a partner or in literature circles to complete additional reading activities.
This resource is for extension read-aloud activities only. The book is not included.
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