SHANTE KEYS AND THE NEW YEAR'S PEAS activities and lesson plan ideas
This SHANTÉ KEYS AND THE NEW YEAR'S PEAS 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, SHANTÉ KEYS AND THE NEW YEAR'S PEAS by Gail Piernas-Davenport, 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:
☐ AUTHOR'S PURPOSE
☐ CAUSE AND EFFECT
☐ COMPARING AND CONTRASTING
☐ RHYME | RHYTHM | REPETITION
◼️GRAMMAR & LANGUAGE CONCEPTS
☐ PLURAL NOUNS
☐ POSSESSIVE NOUNS
☐ IRREGULAR VERBS
☐ TYPES OF SENTENCES
◼️SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING TOPICS
SUMMARY OF THE MENTOR TEXT:
It is New Years and Shantè Keys and her family are having a special dinner. They always have black-eyed peas on New Year's for good luck, but Shantè Keys' grandmother forgot them. Shantè Keys is sent out to ask neighbors and friends if they have any.
First, Shantè Keys asked her neighbor Miss Lee for peas. Miss Lee explains that she is Chinese and makes dumplings for New Years. Shante Keys thanks Miss Lee and invites her to dinner before heading to Mr. MacGhee’s. While at the grocer, Shantè learns that Mr. MacGhee is Scottish and celebrates New Year by eating haggis and cheese. She invites Mr. MacGhee to dinner to try peas and goes to see Señor Ortiz.
Señor Ortiz does not have peas, but he explains to Shantè Keys that he is from Mexico and celebrates New Year’s by eating grapes. Again, Shantè invites her friend to dinner that night. Next Shantè Keys' heads to her friend Hari’s looking for peas. Hari is Hindu and celebrates Diwali instead. Shante invites her over to try peas that night. She is becoming frantic because no one has peas. That’s when she decides to ask her Aunt Marie. Thankfully Aunt Marie has plenty of peas to spare.
Shantè Keys heads home to help her family prepare for dinner. All of her neighbors and friends come to try the New Year’s peas.
Students will love learning about the different New Year’s traditions discussed in this book.
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