Asking questions is an important comprehension strategy for readers.  Asking authentic questions encourages curiosity and engages the reader in the text.  Students are more likely to be actively involved with the text when they are on the hunt for answers to their questions.  It gives them a purpose for reading and promotes comprehension of that text.  You want to begin teaching this strategy through an interactive read aloud in which you model and scaffold the strategy of asking questions.  I use the text What Can a Citizen Do? to teach students how to ask questions before, during, and after reading an informational text.

asking and answering questions anchor chart, asking and answering questions activities

You should begin the unit by discussing what questions are.  Creating a question can be difficult at first, so you will want to model for the students.  I would begin by showing them photographs of citizens helping in their community.  Ask students what they wonder about the photos.  Jot down their questions on a whiteboard or an anchor chart.  Point out to them the question words they used to begin their questions.  


asking and answering questions anchor chart, asking and answering questions activities

You can then transition to the mentor text for the week, What Can a Citizen Do?  Explain to students that good readers ask questions before they read a book.  Point out the cover and various illustrations throughout the book.  You can record their questions on your anchor chart.  I also have students record at least one question in their journal.  

asking and answering questions anchor chart, asking and answering questions activities

As we transition into reading the text, I strategically stop at various points in the book to model think alouds and create my own questions about what I am reading.  Students will do the same.  They keep their journals in their laps to record their own wonderings.  At the end, they record any last questions they still have.  We then discuss how to find the answers to our questions and the fact that sometimes our questions go unanswered.  We then have to look at other texts or resources to find those answers.

asking and answering questions anchor chart, asking and answering questions activities

As we go throughout the unit, we discuss different types of questions.  We also discuss strategies for answering questions, such as searching for text evidence like reading detectives.  I also teach students that sometimes we have to make inferences when answering questions.  I like to hang the posters below for student reference.

asking and answering questions anchor chart, asking and answering questions activities

asking and answering questions anchor chart, asking and answering questions activities

Each daily task in response to reading leads up to this culminating task of answering questions.  I have paired an additional text from www.getepic.com in which students make this sun craft and write things that a citizen does from the text.  In the mentor text, the author says that a citizen can bring in light to others, so I thought rays of sunshine was a perfect depiction of this!

asking and answering questions anchor chart, asking and answering questions activities

I have created lesson plans for you that contains a mini-lesson for each day, text dependent questions, a daily task, and an exit ticket.  You can simply print and teach!

asking and answering questions anchor chart, asking and answering questions activities

To ensure that I am super prepared for the read aloud, I print the questions that I plan to ask on sticky notes.  These have helped me so much!

asking and answering questions anchor chart, asking and answering questions activities

Students will practice asking and answering questions on their own printables that we glue into our journals.  Each day we focus on a different component of asking and answering questions in informational text.

asking and answering questions anchor chart, asking and answering questions activities

I always include a mentor sentence to incorporate into your interactive read aloud.  I love this sentence from the book!  You can have some big discussions on this topic and even create more questions to go along with that idea!

asking and answering questions anchor chart, asking and answering questions activities

Since so many are distance learning right now, I have created a digital version using Google Slides TM.  It's included in the November Bundle or you can purchase it separately.  These are very similar to the PowerPoint lessons I use in my classroom, but you can assign slides to your remote learners to complete the independent tasks each day.  Just create another copy for each day of the week and delete the slides you don't want students to have.  You can display the slides from the original copy during your live or recorded lessons.  It will keep you on track and ensure you cover all components of the lesson.  Here are the components included for each lesson!  There are five days of lessons that include an agenda, learning target, success criteria, learning video and posters, vocabulary cards with tasks, read aloud, daily questions, daily tasks, exit ticket, wrap up, and self assessments for each of the five days!  These are a lifesaver!


asking and answering questions anchor chart, asking and answering questions activities

asking and answering questions anchor chart, asking and answering questions activities

asking and answering questions anchor chart, asking and answering questions activities

asking and answering questions anchor chart, asking and answering questions activities

This is such a wonderful book!  It's a topic that so many can learn from.  It also generates some great questions and conversations from students.  :)






 Grace for President is the perfect text for younger elementary students to teach about how our presidential election and the electoral college works.  I knew this would be a great fit for my November Interactive Read Aloud Lessons.  It's the first text that we will read during November.  I used this book to teach using information gained from illustrations and words in a print to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot in fiction texts (RL 2.8).  I also paired a nonfiction text from www.getepic.com to teach identifying and explaining how illustrations and words contribute to and clarify a text (RI 2.7).  In this post, I will share some Grace for President activities for in-person and distance learning students.

I would begin the unit by teaching the students the difference between words and illustrations.  I use these posters to show the difference and we discuss what we can learn from both.


grace for president read aloud grace for president activities

grace for president read aloud grace for president activities

The mentor text for this unit is Grace for President for the first three days of the unit.  Each day, I do a mini lesson about using the words and illustrations to help us better understand the characters, setting, and plot.  We use each day to focus on a different story element and compare and contrast the information from the words and illustrations.  This is a great text for that, because you gain different information from the illustrations than you do the words.  All of the mini-lessons and text dependent questions for each day are planned out for you below.

grace for president read aloud grace for president activities


grace for president read aloud grace for president activities

grace for president read aloud grace for president activities

As we are reading each text, I like to jot down key details from the text on these anchor charts.  You can focus on a different story element each day.  With informational text, I focus on a topic within the text.  What is the main topic of this section?  What can we learn from the words?  What can we learn from the illustrations or photographs?

grace for president read aloud grace for president activities

After the read aloud part of the lesson, I always have students respond to the text.  These daily independent tasks are standards-based and great for practice that leads up to a culminating task.  In addition to the culminating task, students will also take a comprehension assessment on Friday over the main text, Grace for President that is also related to the focus standard.  

grace for president read aloud grace for president activities

Since there are two texts, there will be two culminating tasks for students to demonstrate mastery.  On Wednesday, students will summarize Grace for President using this graphic organizer.  They have to use information from the words and illustrations to summarize the story, which demonstrates application of the skill.  I use this as a grade, as well as the comprehension assessment.  That gives me two grades that week on that standard.

grace for president read aloud grace for president activities

 For the informational text, students are given two topics or content words from the book.  They have to describe how the photographs and the words helped clarify their meaning.  I would give those topics to the students and display those pages for students to see during that task.  

grace for president read aloud grace for president activities

In addition to the comprehension tasks, we also include a mentor sentence to tie our language standards into our interactive read aloud.  I include a teacher version and a students version in which they have to cut and paste their sentence together.  We work on this all throughout the week.  You can also incorporate your language standards into their writing when responding to the text.

Since so many are distance learning right now, I have created a digital version using Google Slides TM.  It's included in the November Bundle or you can purchase it separately.  These are very similar to the PowerPoint lessons I use in my classroom, but you can assign slides to your remote learners to complete the independent tasks each day.  Just create another copy for each day of the week and delete the slides you don't want students to have.  You can display the slides from the original copy during your live or recorded lessons.  It will keep you on track and ensure you cover all components of the lesson.  Here are a few of the slides included!  There are five days of lessons that include an agenda, learning target, success criteria, learning video and posters, vocabulary cards with tasks, read aloud, daily questions, daily tasks, exit ticket, wrap up, and self assessments for each of the five days!  These are a lifesaver!

grace for president read aloud grace for president activities

grace for president read aloud grace for president activities

grace for president read aloud grace for president activities

grace for president read aloud grace for president activities

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Please let me know if there's anything I can help you with!



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Identifying the author's main purpose for writing a text is an important component of reading comprehension.  When reading informational text, students should be able to determine if an author is writing to answer a question, describe a person or a specific topic, or explain how something works or how to do something.  This is a topic that you may want to spend more than one week on, since its a little difficult for students to grasp within one week.  It's very important to provide lots of scaffolding to aid students in remembering the different purposes in which an author might write a text.  In this post, I will share some activity ideas, anchor charts, posters, and printables to use in your author's purpose lessons.


Author's Purpose Activity Packet (Answer, Describe, or Explain


Author's purpose anchor chart, author's purpose activities, printables, and more!  Tips and tricks for teaching students to determine the author's main purpose for writing a text, including what an author want to answer, explain, or describe.


Author's purpose anchor chart, author's purpose activities, printables, and more!  Tips and tricks for teaching students to determine the author's main purpose for writing a text, including what an author want to answer, explain, or describe.

Anchor charts are vital in your instruction for scaffolding purposes.  I printed these two as posters and laminated to use throughout my unit.  The first can be used when reading a text or to sort different books in your text set.  The second is a checklist that is so helpful for students to go through when reading a text.   I always require students to provide text evidence to support their thinking to ensure that I know they understand the concept.

Author's purpose anchor chart, author's purpose activities, printables, and more!  Tips and tricks for teaching students to determine the author's main purpose for writing a text, including what an author want to answer, explain, or describe.

Posters are also helpful to help students remember what the three different main purposes are, as well as the questions they can ask themselves after reading a book.  I used the lemonADE acronym to help students eventually remember the three main purposes while reading independently.

Author's purpose anchor chart, author's purpose activities, printables, and more!  Tips and tricks for teaching students to determine the author's main purpose for writing a text, including what an author want to answer, explain, or describe.

Author's purpose anchor chart, author's purpose activities, printables, and more!  Tips and tricks for teaching students to determine the author's main purpose for writing a text, including what an author want to answer, explain, or describe.

A fun activity that I like to incorporate in my comprehension instruction is the CASE FILE.  Students love to play and pretend while learning, so they of course love pretending to be detectives!  This activity can be used in lots of ways.  You can use it in whole group, cooperative groups, or at a learning center.  Some teachers even have their own text detective centers which is super fun!  This is a great to do learning centers while social distancing, because they can do this individually at their seats.  

Author's purpose anchor chart, author's purpose activities, printables, and more!  Tips and tricks for teaching students to determine the author's main purpose for writing a text, including what an author want to answer, explain, or describe.

I put these covers on the front and back of envelopes and laminate them.  Inside the envelope I put a book or passage, along with the author's purpose checklists.  You can also throw in some detective badges and magnifying glasses to use as trackers.  They fill out the checklist after reading the text and turn in to you.  This is a great way to get students to discuss their thinking and is a great assessment for you.  

You could also use this on day one of your unit, and pretend it's a special delivery for your class.  Your read aloud for the day could be inside.  This would get students super excited about author's purpose!

Author's purpose anchor chart, author's purpose activities, printables, and more!  Tips and tricks for teaching students to determine the author's main purpose for writing a text, including what an author want to answer, explain, or describe.

If you receive Scholastic flyers, you can use these for a fun sorting activity.  If you don't have these, you could simply copy and paste some book cover images into a document and print for students to sort.  Based on the cover of the book, they have to determine what they think the author's main purpose for writing the text might be.  This will only work with informational texts, so be sure to explain that to students before the activity.

Author's purpose anchor chart, author's purpose activities, printables, and more!  Tips and tricks for teaching students to determine the author's main purpose for writing a text, including what an author want to answer, explain, or describe.

The great thing about the checklist is that you can also use it outside of the case file.  You can use it as an independent daily task, at a center, or as an assessment.

Author's purpose anchor chart, author's purpose activities, printables, and more!  Tips and tricks for teaching students to determine the author's main purpose for writing a text, including what an author want to answer, explain, or describe.

I always like to throw in a craft somewhere, so these little authors are fun to make and display.  They can either choose a book or you can do this with your read aloud for that day.  Students will write the author's purpose and how they know.  You may want to give them a sentence frame, such as, "The author's purpose of the book _________ is to ___________.  I know this because..."

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I also like to incorporate some other printables that you can use as your daily task for your lesson.  The ones below require students to write the author's purpose and provide three different reasons from the text to support their thinking.

Author's purpose anchor chart, author's purpose activities, printables, and more!  Tips and tricks for teaching students to determine the author's main purpose for writing a text, including what an author want to answer, explain, or describe.

One of my favorite activities to incorporate is a book club!  You could do this whole group or in your small groups.  Students will take a story and determine the author's purpose and three different reasons to support their thinking.  Have them paste their writing onto a small paper lunch sack.  When everyone is ready, fill the bags with popcorn and split students into small groups.  Also provide groups with these nonfiction discussion cards to go through while having their book club.  You will want to assign one member of the group to read the questions.  They can also discuss their thinking on the author's main purpose.  This is a fun activity to build up to at the end of the unit!

Author's purpose anchor chart, author's purpose activities, printables, and more!  Tips and tricks for teaching students to determine the author's main purpose for writing a text, including what an author want to answer, explain, or describe.

Author's purpose anchor chart, author's purpose activities, printables, and more!  Tips and tricks for teaching students to determine the author's main purpose for writing a text, including what an author want to answer, explain, or describe.

Finally, at the end of each lesson, I always provide an exit ticket.  There are different ones in the resource so that you can switch it up each day.  You can print these or just have them do it on their whiteboards.  This gives you another assessment to help drive your instruction the following day.  In our lessons, we have to always include three forms of assessment for each standard taught.  

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Thank you so much for reading about how I teach author's purpose in my classroom.  If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me or leave a question in my store.  You can click on any of the images from this post for the link to these resources shown here.  I hope you have a great and restful weekend!

Author's purpose anchor chart, author's purpose activities, printables, and more!  Tips and tricks for teaching students to determine the author's main purpose for writing a text, including what an author want to answer, explain, or describe.

Author's purpose anchor chart, author's purpose activities, printables, and more!  Tips and tricks for teaching students to determine the author's main purpose for writing a text, including what an author want to answer, explain, or describe.

Author's purpose anchor chart, author's purpose activities, printables, and more!  Tips and tricks for teaching students to determine the author's main purpose for writing a text, including what an author want to answer, explain, or describe.

Author's purpose anchor chart, author's purpose activities, printables, and more!  Tips and tricks for teaching students to determine the author's main purpose for writing a text, including what an author want to answer, explain, or describe.










 Halloween is one of my favorite holidays to celebrate in the classroom!  I love a good themed party with activities and treats that all tie in together.  I usually do a whole witches' brew theme, but I though a fun twist on that would be with the story, Bone Soup by Cambria Evans.  It's the Halloween version of the folktale, Stone Soup.  Throughout the week of Halloween, you can use that story as your interactive read aloud, which will then build up to your Halloween party!  I do have a resource for interactive read aloud lessons for that story, which you can find HERE.  I just love that you can tie in your standards while still having lots of Halloween fun!  Let's take a look today at what this amazing Classroom Halloween Party consists of!

Classroom Halloween Party and Classroom Halloween Decorations for the story Bone Soup!  Halloween activities, Bone Soup recipes, and Halloween Kids' Drinks are all included!  Students will read the story, complete a Halloween directed drawing, create a Halloween trick or treat bag, and play Halloween BINGO!  Halloween gift tags are also included!

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Printable Halloween party decorations are included that you can hang on your boards for the week.  There is a Happy Halloween Banner and some signs that have different ingredients from Bone Soup.  You could also mix in some spider webs and spiders, along with any other Halloween decor you have for a fun mini-room transformation.

Classroom Halloween Party and Classroom Halloween Decorations for the story Bone Soup!  Halloween activities, Bone Soup recipes, and Halloween Kids' Drinks are all included!  Students will read the story, complete a Halloween directed drawing, create a Halloween trick or treat bag, and play Halloween BINGO!  Halloween gift tags are also included!

Classroom Halloween Party and Classroom Halloween Decorations for the story Bone Soup!  Halloween activities, Bone Soup recipes, and Halloween Kids' Drinks are all included!  Students will read the story, complete a Halloween directed drawing, create a Halloween trick or treat bag, and play Halloween BINGO!  Halloween gift tags are also included!

Classroom Halloween Party and Classroom Halloween Decorations for the story Bone Soup!  Halloween activities, Bone Soup recipes, and Halloween Kids' Drinks are all included!  Students will read the story, complete a Halloween directed drawing, create a Halloween trick or treat bag, and play Halloween BINGO!  Halloween gift tags are also included!

Once it's time for the party, here is a party agenda to help keep you on track.  I like to also share this with students so that they know what fun is to come!  You do not have to do all of these activities.  It just depends on the amount of time you are given by admin.  The activities are all designed to be appropriate for social distancing.  I typically like to do stations for a party, but I know that will not work this year, so each of these are completed individually.

Classroom Halloween Party and Classroom Halloween Decorations for the story Bone Soup!  Halloween activities, Bone Soup recipes, and Halloween Kids' Drinks are all included!  Students will read the story, complete a Halloween directed drawing, create a Halloween trick or treat bag, and play Halloween BINGO!  Halloween gift tags are also included!

Families love to help out with classroom parties by donating items.  I made a family letter that you can send home a couple of weeks before the party with items needed for the treats, Bone Soup snack mix and a Slimy Sludge drink.

Classroom Halloween Party and Classroom Halloween Decorations for the story Bone Soup!  Halloween activities, Bone Soup recipes, and Halloween Kids' Drinks are all included!  Students will read the story, complete a Halloween directed drawing, create a Halloween trick or treat bag, and play Halloween BINGO!  Halloween gift tags are also included!

For the actual party activities, BINGO is always a class favorite!  There are three different BINGO boards and printable calling cards.  You could be the caller or ask a student to do it while you get the food items set up.  I printed these on colored cardstock so that they can be used again the following year.

Classroom Halloween Party and Classroom Halloween Decorations for the story Bone Soup!  Halloween activities, Bone Soup recipes, and Halloween Kids' Drinks are all included!  Students will read the story, complete a Halloween directed drawing, create a Halloween trick or treat bag, and play Halloween BINGO!  Halloween gift tags are also included!

Step-by-step directed drawing instructions are included.  I like to do directed drawings on large poster paper.  I included some printable headers if you choose to do that to make it even cuter.  The directed drawing is of Finnigin, the main character.  He looks a little creepy, but he is a sweet and fun little character in the story.

Classroom Halloween Party and Classroom Halloween Decorations for the story Bone Soup!  Halloween activities, Bone Soup recipes, and Halloween Kids' Drinks are all included!  Students will read the story, complete a Halloween directed drawing, create a Halloween trick or treat bag, and play Halloween BINGO!  Halloween gift tags are also included!

If students hand out treats to one another, they will need something to put what they collect inside to take home.  I bought these gift bags on Amazon (you can split these with your team), and students make a Bone Soup decoration for the outside.  I printed the parts on construction paper, but you could also print them on white paper and let students color them if you needed something extra for them to do.

Classroom Halloween Party and Classroom Halloween Decorations for the story Bone Soup!  Halloween activities, Bone Soup recipes, and Halloween Kids' Drinks are all included!  Students will read the story, complete a Halloween directed drawing, create a Halloween trick or treat bag, and play Halloween BINGO!  Halloween gift tags are also included!

Now for the best part, the food!  This snack is perfect for time of social distancing since everything will be individualized. Below are the printable signs that you can put on your table.  There are recipes and a fun poem from the book.

Classroom Halloween Party and Classroom Halloween Decorations for the story Bone Soup!  Halloween activities, Bone Soup recipes, and Halloween Kids' Drinks are all included!  Students will read the story, complete a Halloween directed drawing, create a Halloween trick or treat bag, and play Halloween BINGO!  Halloween gift tags are also included!

You as the teacher will mix up the concoctions!  (Make sure you are wearing a mask and gloves while doing this.) I mix up the bone soup in this large black bowl I found at Walmart, or you could use a cauldron that you can find at many stores during Halloween.  You will pour in the snack mix ingredients and while stirring, students can recite the poem.  If you want to be real extra, wear a witch's hat!  Ha!

Classroom Halloween Party and Classroom Halloween Decorations for the story Bone Soup!  Halloween activities, Bone Soup recipes, and Halloween Kids' Drinks are all included!  Students will read the story, complete a Halloween directed drawing, create a Halloween trick or treat bag, and play Halloween BINGO!  Halloween gift tags are also included!

I put the snack mix in plastic bags, so that they can take the extras home.  The slimy sludge drink can be poured in individual cups or you can do a punch bowl, but I think just mixing it in the cups first is easier.  

Classroom Halloween Party and Classroom Halloween Decorations for the story Bone Soup!  Halloween activities, Bone Soup recipes, and Halloween Kids' Drinks are all included!  Students will read the story, complete a Halloween directed drawing, create a Halloween trick or treat bag, and play Halloween BINGO!  Halloween gift tags are also included!

Classroom Halloween Party and Classroom Halloween Decorations for the story Bone Soup!  Halloween activities, Bone Soup recipes, and Halloween Kids' Drinks are all included!  Students will read the story, complete a Halloween directed drawing, create a Halloween trick or treat bag, and play Halloween BINGO!  Halloween gift tags are also included!

I like to give my students a little treat, so I made these gift tags that also go with the theme.  You can find these skeletons everywhere right now. These are from Target, but I have also seen them on Amazon.  I just used tape to attach them to the card.

Classroom Halloween Party and Classroom Halloween Decorations for the story Bone Soup!  Halloween activities, Bone Soup recipes, and Halloween Kids' Drinks are all included!  Students will read the story, complete a Halloween directed drawing, create a Halloween trick or treat bag, and play Halloween BINGO!  Halloween gift tags are also included!

Classroom Halloween Party and Classroom Halloween Decorations for the story Bone Soup!  Halloween activities, Bone Soup recipes, and Halloween Kids' Drinks are all included!  Students will read the story, complete a Halloween directed drawing, create a Halloween trick or treat bag, and play Halloween BINGO!  Halloween gift tags are also included!

Do you love themed parties, too?  If so, this Halloween Party Pack is perfect for you!  My students always say that our Halloween party was the best day of their life (haha), so I can promise your students will have a blast and so will you!


Classroom Halloween Party and Classroom Halloween Decorations for the story Bone Soup!  Halloween activities, Bone Soup recipes, and Halloween Kids' Drinks are all included!  Students will read the story, complete a Halloween directed drawing, create a Halloween trick or treat bag, and play Halloween BINGO!  Halloween gift tags are also included!

Classroom Halloween Party and Classroom Halloween Decorations for the story Bone Soup!  Halloween activities, Bone Soup recipes, and Halloween Kids' Drinks are all included!  Students will read the story, complete a Halloween directed drawing, create a Halloween trick or treat bag, and play Halloween BINGO!  Halloween gift tags are also included!

Classroom Halloween Party and Classroom Halloween Decorations for the story Bone Soup!  Halloween activities, Bone Soup recipes, and Halloween Kids' Drinks are all included!  Students will read the story, complete a Halloween directed drawing, create a Halloween trick or treat bag, and play Halloween BINGO!  Halloween gift tags are also included!

Classroom Halloween Party and Classroom Halloween Decorations for the story Bone Soup!  Halloween activities, Bone Soup recipes, and Halloween Kids' Drinks are all included!  Students will read the story, complete a Halloween directed drawing, create a Halloween trick or treat bag, and play Halloween BINGO!  Halloween gift tags are also included!





















Asking questions is such a tough concept for first graders.  It takes lots of practice, even though they are used to asking questions so much in the real world.  The story This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen is a great interactive read aloud text for asking and answering questions within a fictional text.  The reader is left with so many questions due to the way the story is written.  We practice, with lots of modeling from me, asking and answering questions before, during, and after reading.  We focus on day one discussing what a question is and what the common question words are with this poster below.  You will also find links to a couple of our favorite videos that we use to learn about questions.

This Is Not My Hat Google Slides TM

This Is Not My Hat Interactive Read Aloud

Click here to see everything included in the This Is Not My Hat Interactive Read Aloud.  Lesson plans, text dependent questions, daily independent tasks, vocabulary, crafts, anchor charts, and more can be found here!



After establishing what questions are, we look at the cover of the book.  I have the below anchor chart displayed and the students have their own copy with them on clipboards on the carpet.  We create questions that we have have about the book before reading.  I only require them to write one down, but they are more than welcome to extend their learning by creating more.  I record all of their questions on my anchor chart for later.  

Click here to see everything included in the This Is Not My Hat Interactive Read Aloud.  Lesson plans, text dependent questions, daily independent tasks, vocabulary, crafts, anchor charts, and more can be found here!

I go into more detail within the print and go lesson plans on how to model and when to stop at specific points during the read aloud to model asking questions or answering questions for all five days of the week.  I print the questions on these sticky notes for easy reference for myself while reading the text.

Click here to see everything included in the This Is Not My Hat Interactive Read Aloud.  Lesson plans, text dependent questions, daily independent tasks, vocabulary, crafts, anchor charts, and more can be found here!

These are the vocabulary words that we cover during the week.  The digital version of the interactive read aloud includes vocabulary cards with the word, a kid-friendly definition, a sentence, an illustration, and a simple task each day for students to complete for application of the vocabulary word.

Click here to see everything included in the This Is Not My Hat Interactive Read Aloud.  Lesson plans, text dependent questions, daily independent tasks, vocabulary, crafts, anchor charts, and more can be found here!



Click here to see everything included in the This Is Not My Hat Interactive Read Aloud.  Lesson plans, text dependent questions, daily independent tasks, vocabulary, crafts, anchor charts, and more can be found here!

As we continue reading the story on day one, I stop during the problem of the story and have students create questions they may now have.  We then read the rests of the story and create any remaining questions we still have after reading the story.  I take them up and save them for the following day to practice answering those questions.

Click here to see everything included in the This Is Not My Hat Interactive Read Aloud.  Lesson plans, text dependent questions, daily independent tasks, vocabulary, crafts, anchor charts, and more can be found here!

As we go through the week, we also cover making text-to-self connections and describing the main characters in the text for their daily independent tasks.  By Friday, they are read for the culminating task and assessment.  The culminating task for this story is to write a letter to Little Fish explaining what is thought of the choice made in the story and a question they wish to ask Little Fish.  I have included a scoring rubric to attach to the task for parents and for the students to understand their score.

Click here to see everything included in the This Is Not My Hat Interactive Read Aloud.  Lesson plans, text dependent questions, daily independent tasks, vocabulary, crafts, anchor charts, and more can be found here!

Crafts always help students remember a specific skill or strategy so we made these question kids.  You can have them write questions they have while reading a different text that you might add to the text set for this story.

Click here to see everything included in the This Is Not My Hat Interactive Read Aloud.  Lesson plans, text dependent questions, daily independent tasks, vocabulary, crafts, anchor charts, and more can be found here!

Finally, we work on a mentor sentence throughout the week identifying different parts of the sentence.  The sentence always comes from the text to tie the two subjects together.

Click here to see everything included in the This Is Not My Hat Interactive Read Aloud.  Lesson plans, text dependent questions, daily independent tasks, vocabulary, crafts, anchor charts, and more can be found here!

All of my Interactive Read Aloud Lessons have been or are being converted into digital lessons for your distance learners or to use in your own classroom for instruction.  They are included in the monthly bundle or you can purchase them separately.  There are five days of lessons that include an agenda, a brain warmup video, learning goal, success criteria, learning posters, vocabulary cards, anchor chart, read aloud slide with text dependent questions, an independent task, exit ticket, wrap it up, and a self assessment slide.  The independent task, exit ticket, and self assessment slides are all editable for students.  You can assign these slides to students, and they can submit these to you for feedback.  These are also the slides I have used in my classroom for years that have guided my instruction and have helped me ensure I have great observation scores from admin. ;)

Click here to see everything included in the This Is Not My Hat Interactive Read Aloud.  Lesson plans, text dependent questions, daily independent tasks, vocabulary, crafts, anchor charts, and more can be found here!

Click here to see everything included in the This Is Not My Hat Interactive Read Aloud.  Lesson plans, text dependent questions, daily independent tasks, vocabulary, crafts, anchor charts, and more can be found here!

Click here to see everything included in the This Is Not My Hat Interactive Read Aloud.  Lesson plans, text dependent questions, daily independent tasks, vocabulary, crafts, anchor charts, and more can be found here!

Click here to see everything included in the This Is Not My Hat Interactive Read Aloud.  Lesson plans, text dependent questions, daily independent tasks, vocabulary, crafts, anchor charts, and more can be found here!

Click here to see everything included in the This Is Not My Hat Interactive Read Aloud.  Lesson plans, text dependent questions, daily independent tasks, vocabulary, crafts, anchor charts, and more can be found here!

Asking and answering questions is one of my favorite strategies to teach, and this book is one of my favorites for teaching it.  The deep discussions my students have had from this text were amazing to listen to from first graders.  The questions you provide students will definitely promote higher order thinking in your classroom.  You can click any of the images in the post or click below to check the resources out. Thanks for stopping by!

Click here to see everything included in the This Is Not My Hat Interactive Read Aloud.  Lesson plans, text dependent questions, daily independent tasks, vocabulary, crafts, anchor charts, and more can be found here!

Click here to see everything included in the This Is Not My Hat Interactive Read Aloud.  Lesson plans, text dependent questions, daily independent tasks, vocabulary, crafts, anchor charts, and more can be found here!

Click here to see everything included in the This Is Not My Hat Interactive Read Aloud.  Lesson plans, text dependent questions, daily independent tasks, vocabulary, crafts, anchor charts, and more can be found here!