AARON SLATER, ILLUSTRATOR activities and lesson plan ideas
This AARON SLATER, ILLUSTRATOR Activities and Interactive Read Aloud Resource Book Companion Packet includes lesson plans, reading comprehension questions, vocabulary, grammar, phonics, writing and word study activities with both printable and digital student pages.
Following an interactive read aloud of the picture book, AARON SLATER, ILLUSTRATOR by Andrea Beaty, choose from the included collection of either printable activities or go paperless and use the digital activities to practice standards-based skills. We've even included editable teaching slides themed to match the book!
THIS READING UNIT FOCUSES ON USING THE MENTOR TEXT TO TEACH:
☐ ANALYZING CHARACTER
☐ MAKING CONNECTIONS
☐ PLOT | PROBLEM - SOLUTION
☐ CAUSE AND EFFECT
☐ AUTHOR’S PURPOSE
◼️GRAMMAR & LANGUAGE CONCEPTS
☐ BASE WORDS
☐ COMPOUND WORDS
◼️SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING TOPICS
☐ GROWTH MINDSET
SUMMARY OF THE MENTOR TEXT:
Andrea Beaty is back with another book for the Questioneers series: Aaron Slater, Illustrator. This book tells the story about a boy with dyslexia and his struggles to learn to read.
When Aaron Slater was a young boy he loved drawing with chalk and listening to stories. He looked forward to the day he learned to read because he dreamed of being an author. However, when Aaron started school he realized learning to read wouldn’t be as easy for him as it was for his friends.
Frustrated, Aaron started second grade still struggling to read. He decided he would never stand out so he tried to blend in. One day his teacher, Miss Lila Greer asked the class to write a story about something true. Aaron struggled to get words down on the page. When it was his turn to read his story, Aaron had a hard time reading the words on the page. Then, he started to tell his story using his words. His story moved his classmates and Miss Lila Greer but Aaron had to hand in a story with no words.
Miss Lila Greer started working with Aaron so he could get better at reading. It wasn’t easy but Aaron got better. Miss Lila Greer even encouraged Aaron’s love of drawing by letting him create the Illustrator's Garden in the hallway for all to enjoy.
Written in a dyslexia friendly book, this story teaches students about how people learn differently and some of us even experience learning challenges. These challenges may require us to work a little bit harder but make us unique.
THIS COLLECTION OF ACTIVITIES and LESSON IDEAS INCLUDES:
➜ Comprehension Questions categorized by reading strategy; text-dependent
➜ Social Emotional Learning guidance lesson ideas & discussion topics based on the story
➜ Vocabulary Activities with kid-friendly definitions
➜ Grammar Topics selected to align with the text
➜ Focus Sentences use the book & author's craft as a mentor text to improve writing
➜ Lesson Planner summary, background info and planning space
➜ Story Mapping Printable identify character, setting, problem and solution
➜ Making Words Activity Page use any word from the book
➜ Focus Sentence copy work, identifying elements of the sentence, rewriting)
➜ Design a New Book Cover demonstrate understanding of the text by creating an illustration
➜ Predicting Activity primary-ruled and wider-ruled versions
➜ Summarizing Somebody → Wanted → But → Then → Finally
➜ Comparing and Contrasting using a Venn Diagram
➜ Cause and Effect analyze how events affect one another
➜ Visualization illustrate visualizations from the story and support thinking with text-based evidence
➜ Making Connections identify text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world connections
➜ Thematic Writing Paper Use with the Writing Prompts... Makes a Great Bulletin Board
➜ 2 Sequencing Activities First → Next → Then → Last and Beginning → Middle → End
➜ 2 Vocabulary Activities Vocabulary Booklet and Word Mapping
➜ 2 Character Trait Activities listing traits and supporting traits with text-based evidence
➜ 30 Text-Based Writing Prompts 3 prompts for each of the following types of writing:
- persuasive / opinion
- expository / informative
- creative / story writing
- procedure / how-to
- list making
- letter / postcard writing
- book reviews
INCLUDED DIGITAL ACTIVITIES:
➜ 5 Teaching Slides to use for instruction (add questions, vocabulary, instructions, etc)
➜ 15 Student Pages for use in Google™️ Classroom or as editable files to create customized printables