THE UGLY DUCKLING activities and lesson plan ideas
This THE UGLY DUCKLING 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, THE UGLY DUCKLING by Jerry Pinkey, 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
☐ MAKING CONNECTIONS
☐ AUTHOR'S PURPOSE
◼️GRAMMAR & LANGUAGE CONCEPTS
◼️SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING TOPICS
☐ BULLYING / TEASING
SUMMARY OF THE MENTOR TEXT:
In the midst of a beautiful summer day, a duck rests upon her six eggs. Five of them were small, while one was oddly shaped.
Once the eggs hatched, it was clear that the oddly shaped egg contained an ugly duckling. Other ducks made fun of him, hens pecked at him, and his siblings were mean to him. Finally, he ran away from home, venturing to a cottage in the woods. There, he stayed with an elderly lady, a cat, and a hen. Still, there, he felt out of place and left to venture in the pond.
That is, until winter came. He saw beautiful swans flying above him, but he dared not to follow out of fear. He was freezing and, with a few events, just survived the brutal weather.
Once spring came, he joined the whirring birds flying. He was amazed by these creatures. That is, until a girl noticed that he was the best looking of all the birds in the pond. He recognized that without all of his struggles, he would never had known what true happiness was. And this- this was exactly it.
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