MOOSELTOE activities and lesson plan ideas
This MOOSELTOE 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, MOOSELTOE by MARGIE PALATINI, 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 SETTING
☐ ANALYZING ILLUSTRATIONS
☐ MAKING CONNECTIONS
◼️GRAMMAR & LANGUAGE CONCEPTS
☐ PLURAL NOUNS
◼️SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING TOPICS
☐ BEST EFFORT
SUMMARY OF THE MENTOR TEXT:
It is Christmas time and Moose is in the holiday spirit. He starts his day by playing some Christmas music on the piano before reviewing his to-do list. He gets to work and writes all of the holiday cards and completes all of the gift shopping. Moose even wraps all of the presents by himself! Things are going perfectly perfect so far.
Next, Moose heads to the kitchen to start baking holiday treats. He makes a variety of cookies, cakes, and jellies. With the baking done, Moose is ready to decorate the house. He strings garland and beads throughout and decorates with bows. Finally, Moose hangs all of the stockings. Everything has been simple and easy.
That night, the family realizes one thing is missing, the Christmas tree! Moose hurries out into the snow in search of a tree but comes home empty handed. Not wanting the children to be disappointed, Moose suggests they turn him into the tree.
The family works together to glue his mustache, add lights and ornaments. Soon, Moose has turned into a makeshift Christmas tree! The children went off to bed while Moose stayed awake twinkling and waiting for Santa.
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