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Rainbow Crow 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 Rainbow Crow by Nancy Van Laan.

With 33 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 identify story elements, determine the theme, analyze characters, compare and contrast, make predictions, inferences, and connections, answer questions that require them to think within and beyond the text, and so 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.

⭐️This Resource Includes:⭐️

  • Elements of a Folktale Anchor Chart or Notes Handout

  • Making Predictions: Students will make predictions about the text before reading the book.

  • Folktale Checklist: Students fill in the chart with details from the story that characterize it as a folktale.

  • Folktale Tidbits: Students will answer questions with details from the story that prove it's a folktale.

  • 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.

  • Retell the Story: Students will tell the story's beginning, middle, and end with text and illustrations.

  • 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.

  • Making Inferences: Students use clues & schema to make inferences while reading the story.

  • Character Traits: Students choose two important traits that best describe each character and provide examples from the text for each characteristic.

  • 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 the character 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 Dialogue: Students read the following character quotes and explain how what they said affected the other characters in the story.

  • Sketch a Scene From the Story: Students will illustrate one of the events from the story and explain why this event is 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 the setting changed.

  • 3-2-1: Students will identify three details from the text that describe the gift of freedom that Crow receives, explain two ways that the fire changed Rainbow Crow, and choose one word that best describes Crow and explain why.

  • 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.

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

  • Word Search: Students find the words hidden in the puzzle (ANSWER KEY included).

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

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

  • All About Crows Brochure: Students will research to learn more about crows using the guiding questions in the brochure.

Writing a Folktale: Students will plan and write their own folktale or origin story. The following pages are included for this activity:

  • Folktale Planning Sheet: Students use the planning sheet to organize their story.

  • Folktale Cover: Students design a book cover for their folktale.

  • Lined Writing Paper: Three different layouts are included.

Plot Diagram Graphic Organizers & Anchor Charts: Students can plot out the events of their folktale to organize their thoughts. A variety of graphic organizers for plot are included to differentiate for your students.

Plot Diagram Anchor Charts or Notes for Students

  • High-Level Plot Diagram (in color and B&W): includes definitions for the plot elements

  • Pictorial Plot Diagram: Includes graphics for the elements of the plot

Plot Diagram Graphic Organizers

  • Plot Diagram with guiding prompts

  • Plot Diagram with Multiple Boxes for the rising and falling action events

  • Plot Diagram: with writing lines, one box for the rising action and one box for the falling action events

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 guided reading interactive read-aloud picture book folktales Rainbow Crow

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