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Edward the Emu Interactive Read-Aloud Activities

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Grade 2, 3, 4



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This picture book companion is a complete supplemental resource for the book Edward the Emu by Sheena Knowles.

With 36 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 characters, identify story elements, determine the theme, sequence story events, compare & contrast, make predictions, inferences, & connections, answer questions that require them to think beyond the text, conduct research on emus, 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.

  • Summary: Students complete the Somebody, Wanted, Because, But, So graphic organizer and write a summary of the story.

  • Recalling events in Chronological Order: Students describe and illustrate four major events in the story in chronological order.

  • Story Event Sort: Students will describe a scene or event from the story that fits into each of the categories & explain how the event made them feel & how it relates to the category.

  • Problem & Solution: Students will answer questions related to the problem & solution in the story.

  • Problem & Solution: Students will identify four minor problems and solutions in 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.

  • Character Inside & Out: Students include details from the story to describe what the character says, thinks, does, and feels.

  • Character Feelings: Students describe how the character's feelings change throughout the story & give examples of the events that cause them to feel the way they do.

  • Character Traits: Students choose 2 important character traits that describe the main character and provide evidence from the text to support their choices.

  • Character Change: Students will explain how the character changed from the beginning to the end of the story and describe the events that caused the change to happen.

  • Character Acrostic Poem: Students will write an acrostic poem to describe Edward's character.

  • Sketch a Scene From the Story: Students will 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.

  • Setting the Scene: Students identify three different settings in the story and explain how they know that the setting changed.

  • 3-2-1: Students will describe three animal behaviors that Edward mimicked, come up with 2 reasons why Edward is so bored at the zoo, and choose one word that describes Edward's character.

  • Author's Message: Students describe four important events from the story and put them in chronological order. Then, answer the questions about the author's message.

  • Theme: Students answer the questions to determine which theme best fits the story and provide text evidence to support their choice.

  • Thinking About the Text: Students will answer the questions about the story & include examples from the text to support their answers.

  • Tomorrow I'll Be . . . Students describe or illustrate the animal behaviors that Edward copied in the story.

  • The Best Exhibit At the Zoo: Students pretend to be a zoo animal who wants everyone to see their exhibit, describe what makes their exhibit the best at the zoo, why visitors should see it, and draw an illustration to go with their writing.

  • Wait... There's More!: Students will write about what happens next in the story.

  • Book Review: Students will color in the stars to rate how much they enjoyed the book and draw a new cover & their favorite character from the story. Then, they will explain why other kids should or should not read it.

  • Crossword Puzzle: Students use the clues and the word bank to fill in the crossword puzzle (ANSWER KEY INCLUDED).

  • Compare & Contrast: Students will Compare and Contrast the books, Edward the Emu and Edwina the Emu.

  • Long Research Project on Emus: Students will research to learn more about emus and complete graphic organizers, which include answering questions, drawing and labeling an illustration, recording fun facts, defining and illustrating new vocabulary, and completing a summary report.

  • One-Page Research Project on Emus: Students will research to learn more about emus and complete a one-page report with facts regarding the habitat, features, diet, movement, and interesting facts.

This resource is for extension read-aloud activities only. The book is not included.

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fountas and pinnell second grade elementary ela reading comprehension character traits guided reading interactive read-aloud picture book read-aloud activities Edward the Emu

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