EACH KINDNESS activities and lesson plan ideas
This EACH KINDNESS 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, EACH KINDNESS by Jacqueline Woodson, 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
☐ AUTHOR’S PURPOSE
◼️GRAMMAR & LANGUAGE CONCEPTS
☐ VERB TENSE
☐ SENTENCE STRUCTURE
◼️SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING TOPICS
SUMMARY OF THE MENTOR TEXT:
This beautifully written and illustrated book hits upon anti-bullying and kindness messages. One day, in the middle of winter, a new girl came into Chloe’s class. The principal introduced her as Maya. Maya had ripped clothing and wore spring shoes. Other students did not want to associate themselves with her. The teacher put her next to Chloe, but Chloe completely ignored her.
At recess, Chloe and her friends would laugh at Maya and her games. When Maya would ask them to play, Chloe’s group would say no. From jacks to cards, the other children would always say no. Eventually, Maya knew to just play on her own.
One day, Chloe’s teacher had a lesson about kindness. Dropping stones into water, the kindness would ripple. This prompted Chloe to reflect on how she was unkind to Maya. She set a goal to smile to Maya the next day. That is, until her teacher told them that Maya had moved away. Since Maya moved, she could not apologize. She could not try to correct her wrongs.
Chloe ended up going to a pond, where she threw in stones representing the kindness that she could have shown towards Maya. Here, Chloe showed regret of how she acted, and hopefully, how she can change for the future.
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