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Listen Buddy 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 Listen Buddy by Helen Lester.

With 28 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 illustrations, identify story elements, determine the theme, analyze characters, compare & contrast, make predictions, inferences, & connections, 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.

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

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

  • 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.

  • Making Connections: Students make connections to an event from the story.

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

  • Making Inferences: Students use clues & schema to make inferences while reading 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 Development: Students select character traits that best describe Uncle Jim at different times throughout the story and give examples from the book to support the traits they chose.

  • 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 that describes Buddy.

  • Sketch a Scene From the Story: Students will draw a scene from the story & explain why it's important.

  • 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 the setting changed.

  • Buddy Didn’t Listen: Students draw and label a picture of what Buddy heard or did when his parents asked him to do something.

  • Be a Better Listener: Students read the text from the story and draw a picture of what Buddy was doing when someone was speaking to him. Then explain what Buddy should have done to be a better listener.

  • 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.

  • 3-2-1: Students will list three mistakes that Buddy makes because he didn’t listen, explain two reasons that Buddy doesn’t hear what he is being asked to do, and come up with one word that describes Buddy the best and explain why.

  • Before & After: Students describe and illustrate Buddy’s character before he met Scruffy Varmint and after.

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

  • Pick a Path: Students will pay close attention to the illustrations on pages 16-17 and draw their own version of the scene, adding details that show one path is safe and details that show the other path is dangerous.

  • Good Listeners: Students will list at least 4 important things that good listeners should do and four things that a good listener shouldn’t do.

  • Book Review: Students will rate and review the book.

  • Compare & Contrast: Students will compare the books Listen Buddy and Hooway for Wodney Wat.

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

Resource Tags

fountas and pinnell second grade elementary ela reading comprehension character traits interactive read-aloud picture book read-aloud activities Helen Lester Listen Buddy

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