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Strega Nona Read Aloud Book Companion

An educational teaching resource from Creatively Gifted entitled Strega Nona Read Aloud Book Companion downloadable at Teach Simple.
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This picture book companion is a complete supplemental resource for the book Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola. It includes 34 print-and-go reading activities to choose from, making this resource ideal for customizing learning to your student's specific needs and academic abilities.

Students will investigate characters, identify story elements, determine the theme, practice plotting story events, compare & contrast, make predictions, inferences, & connections, answer questions that require them to think beyond the text, and much more!

Students will thoroughly enjoy the captivating activities, and you'll value the time saved from scouring for advanced resources to address challenging reading concepts. The offered activities are crafted to foster higher-order thinking, prompt students to present textual proof for their reasoning, and inspire them to share their personal insights and viewpoints.


⭐️This Resource Includes:⭐️

  • ◾ 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.

      • ◾ Cause & Effect (simplified): Students are given either the cause or effect and will cut & match up cause & effect cards, then paste them in the correct boxes (ANSWER KEY included).

        • ◾ Cause & Effect: Students cut & match up cause & effect cards, then paste them in the correct boxes (ANSWER KEY included).

        • ◾ 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.

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

        • ◾ Notice & Note: Students will notice the important details the author includes in the text & illustrations and take notes on what they notice.

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

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

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

        • ◾ Character Feelings (Strega Nona): 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 Feelings (Big Anthony): 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 (Strega Nona): Students select the character traits that best describe Strega Nona at different times throughout the story and provide examples from the book to support each character trait.

        • ◾ Character Development (Big Anthony): Students select the character traits that best describe Big Anthony at different times throughout the story and provide examples from the book to support each character trait.

        • ◾ Character Change (Strega Nona): 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 Change (Big Anthony): 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.

        • ◾ 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.

        • ◾ 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 questions that require them to think beyond the text.

        • ◾ Big Job, Little Pay: Students will answer questions about the deal Strega Nona made with Big Anthony and what she paid him for all the work he had to do.

        • ◾ Big Anthony's Big Apology: Students write an apology note to Strega Nona from Big Anthony.

        • ◾ Sensory Details: Students choose an event from the story and describe it using the five senses.

        • ◾ 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.

        • ◾ Biography Brochure: Students conduct research to learn more about the author, Tomie dePaola's life, and create a brochure.

        • ◾ Biography One-Pager: Students research further into the life of Tomie dePaola and complete the biography handout.

        • ◾ Acrostic Poem: Students write an acrostic poem that includes facts and describes the author, Tomie dePaola.

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


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IRA picture book activities read aloud lessons interactive read aloud activities elementary reading reading comprehension Fountas and Pinnell IRA second grade Tomie depaola Author Study

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