“The Leaf Thief” by Alice Hemming is a funny picture book that teaches kids about autumn, adapting to change, and the seasons.
Let’s take a look at some activities included in The Leaf Thief Book Companion that are great to pair with this read aloud.
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 to review the story map activity at each students individual level.
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.
Higher level writing worksheets are perfect for your open ended writers.
Finally, complete a visual craft with your students. Use the REAL PICTURE directions and visual materials list to build student independence during craft time.
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