The Whales’ Song (Author: Dyan Sheldon)
Literature Activity Guide by Wayne Thorp
Readability Level: middle of 3rd grade
Synopsis: A rhythmic tale of young Lilly who dreams of meeting whales. Grandmother fills her head with stories from her youth while Great Uncle Frederick tries to stomp them out. Will her dream come true?
Phonics component: past tense verbs (with -ed verbs and irregulars)
Comprehension skill: Sequencing, and Characterization
The Elementary Activity Guides are by Wayne Thorp, a veteran elementary school teacher with over thirty years experience teaching grades one through three. He is the father of three K-12 home schooled children (now grown).
Each activity guide includes:
Story Elements: Children identify elements common to all fictional stories.
Phonics / Grammar: Students practice a skill with a sorting activity using words from the story itself (plus a few others thrown in, for good measure).
Vocabulary: Young readers learn new words using the “Roll’em & Read’em” activity sheet.
Comprehension: Children develop their skills using an activity sheet based on the book.
Research: Students are encouraged to further study topics related to the story.
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