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Wanda's Roses 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 read-aloud book Wanda's Roses by Sharon Pat Brisson.

With 35 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, identify problems & solutions, 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 and pictures to represent the story elements.

  • Sequencing: Students will retell and 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 Connections: Students make connections to an event from the story.

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

  • Illustrating Inferences: Students read the text taken from the story, make inferences, and draw pictures to illustrate what they visualize.

  • 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 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.

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

  • Character Perspective: Students will compare Wanda’s perspective to her neighbor’s perspective in the story by drawing a picture and adding words to the thought bubbles.

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

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

  • The Importance of Setting: Students will draw a detailed picture of the setting, explain how the setting is important to the story, and describe how the story would change if the setting were different.

  • 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 describe three things that Wanda did to help the rosebush bloom, give two examples of how the neighbors helped her, and describe Wanda using only one word with supporting evidence.

  • 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.

  • Before & After: Students will describe and illustrate what the corner lot at Fillmore and Hudson looked like before Wanda decided to care for the rosebush and what it looked like after.

  • Dear Diary: Students will write three to four diary entries from the character's point of view.

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

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

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

  • Compare & Contrast: Students will compare the books, Wanda’s Roses and The Gardener.

  • Community Project Flyer: Students will create a flyer for a community service opportunity that will persuade others to help or improve something in their community.

  • Haiku Poem Planning Sheet: Students will choose a topic or object that relates to flowers, brainstorm ideas using the five senses, and list adjectives to describe the topic or object.

  • Haiku Poem Template: Students will write and illustrate their Haiku poem.

  • Beautify the Space (3 different spaces are included): Students will Improve a space as Wanda did in the story.

  • Dream Board: Students will complete a dream board with text and illustrations. Two versions are included, one that includes question prompts, and a blank version in which students come up with their own dreams for the future.

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

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