How to Catch an Elf is a fun holiday and Christmas book and your students will love to see if the elf can be caught!
WHY BOOK COMPANIONS?
Book companions are a fun and engaging way to get students interacting with a read aloud picture book! When I was teaching I had a lot of difficulty finding leveled book companions that would meet the needs of students in my self-contained classroom, so I made my own.
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The Story map is used to find key elements of the story. I love doing this in the whole group setting on the board as a group. The visuals make this a differentiated activity!
After completing the story map as a whole group, you can break off into small groups.
Sequencing is also a great activity to do whole group and then split off to complete individually for review and to check for understanding.
Vocabulary is easy to review after the first time reading through the story. After the vocabulary review read through the story again bringing attention to the recently learned vocabulary words.
The vocabulary matching activity is also differentiated with an identical picture match.
To review the story at the end of the week we use comprehension worksheets that are leveled to meet your students needs.
Finally, complete a visual craft with your students.