Out of This World Literacy : July 2016
menu   home About Me Freebies Products Workshops  

3 Books and Lessons for Teaching Compare and Contrast

Hi There!


Looking for ideas on how to teach students how to compare and contrast as they read books?  Check out the three mini lesson statements and watch the video to get more ideas on how to teach comparing and contrasting with three specific books. 










Here is a chart with three mini lesson statements and examples of how to frame your whole class discussion.  Fill out your charts with these organizers as you discuss each book with the class!









Tight Times  is a great story about struggling financially and having to sacrifice.  The boy wants a dog but his family cannot afford it.  It's a great book to compare and contrast the beginning of the story to the end, as the boy comes up with an alternative to getting a pet dog.



Always In Trouble is a hilarious story about a dog who always seems to get in trouble.  Kids can totally relate, comparing their pets to this dog, or also comparing how the dog finally starts to behave!



Let Me Finish! is a fun story of a boy who tries to read a book but is constantly being told the ending by others.  It's a great story to help students compare and contrast their experiences with reading that of the boy in the story.




3 Books and Lessons to Teach Compare and Contrast
3 Books and Lessons to Teach Compare and Contrast https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Compare-and-Contrast-1883786
Posted by Out of This World Literacy on Friday, July 29, 2016




For a variety of graphic organizers to help reinforce teaching students to compare/contrast and that can be used with any mentor text or independent text, check out this resource!








To see the bundle this resource comes in and get two sets free click the image below:








Out of This World Literacy is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com


3 Books and Lessons for Teaching Setting

Hi There!

Looking for ideas on how to teach students how to identify and analyze settings in books?  Check out the three mini lesson statements and watch the video to get more ideas on how to teach setting with three specific books. 











Here is a chart with three mini lesson statements and examples of how to frame your whole class discussion.  Fill out your charts with these organizers as you discuss each book with the class!









Trombone Shorty is an award-winning true story about a talented young trombone player in New Orleans.  The setting is described beautifully, invoking all five senses as the reader discovers what life  and music is like in New Orleans.



Four Feet, Two Sandals is a remarkable story of friendship and determination based in a refugee camp.  The two young girls become friends as they share one pair of sandals between them.  The setting is powerful and ends with only one girl leaving the camp with her family, leaving them wondering who will keep the one pair of sandals.


A classic Robert Munsch book, Pigs has hilarious settings.  The little girl thinks pigs aren't smart enough to escape their pen that she fails to lock.  Little does she know she has completely underestimated the pigs and they invade every space in her life, including school!  It's a funny read and leads to lots of different settings.




3 Books and Lessons to Teach Setting jenbengelwebinars.com

Posted by Out of This World Literacy on Thursday, July 28, 2016





For 20 different comprehension questions in 3 formats based on setting that you can use with any text, click on the image below. 








To see the bundle this resource comes in and get two sets free click the image below:








Out of This World Literacy is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com






3 Books and Lessons for Teaching Problem and Solution

Hi There!

Looking for ideas on how to teach students how to find the problem and solution in books?  Check out the three mini lesson statements and watch the video to get more ideas on how to teach problem and solution with three specific books. 









Here is a chart with three mini lesson statements and examples of how to frame your whole class discussion.  Fill out your charts with these organizers as you discuss each book with the class!









The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend is such a fun book!  It's told from the perspective a Beekle, an imaginary friend who gets tired of waiting for someone to be his friend.  He goes on a journey to find his friend and learns a lot along the way.  It has a strong problem and solution!


One of my personal all-time favorites as a child, The Monster at the End of This Book is a classic Sesame Street book with tons of problems and very little solutions.  The entire book is interactive with the reader as Grover tries to convince the reader not to turn the pages because there is a monster at the end of the book.  He goes to extreme measures to try and stop the reader!  This book is great for older kids too!



Fire on the Mountain is a wonderful story full of culture and problems and solutions.  The story is based in Ethiopia.  The characters are servants in a rich man's house.  They are challenged by their master that they can't survive a night alone outside.  If they survive their master promises a handsome reward; however, after the night is a success the master refuses any reward.




3 Books to Teach Problem and Solution

3 Books and Lessons to Teach Problem and Solution https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Reading-Comprehension-1591234

Posted by Out of This World Literacy on Wednesday, July 27, 2016




For 30 different comprehension questions in 3 formats based on problem and solution that you can use with any text, click on the image below. 








To see the bundle this resource comes in and get two sets free click the image below:








Out of This World Literacy is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com

3 Books and Lessons for Teaching Questioning

Hi There!

Looking for ideas on how to teach students how to ask and answer questions as they read?  Check out the three mini lesson statements and watch the video to get more ideas on how to teach asking and answering questions with three specific books. 









Here is a chart with three mini lesson statements and examples of how to frame your whole class discussion.  Fill out your charts with these organizers as you discuss each book with the class!









The Invisible Boy is such a relatable story with lots of great points to stop and ask questions.  The main character feels invisible because he never quite fits in with all the other kids in his class.  He struggles to be social and feel a sense of belonging.  But, a new kid comes to school and helps him feel not so alone.  It's a great story!


Based during the time of segregation of blacks and whites,White Socks Only is a story of a little girl going about her day.  When she realizes how thirsty she is from the heat she stops to grab a drink at a water fountain.  The sign said, "whites only" so, innocently, the sweet little black girl takes off her shoes so her white socks are all she has on her feet to take a drink.  The little girl has no idea what her actions are about to cause.  It's a great book to talk about the reality of segregation and how unjust it really was.



The Three Questions is an obvious book to teach asking and answering questions.  The boy goes through experiences that lead him to finally answer the three big questions he has about life.




3 Books and Lessons for Teaching Questioning

3 Books and Lessons for Teaching Questioning https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Reading-Comprehension-1888913

Posted by Out of This World Literacy on Tuesday, July 26, 2016





For a variety of graphic organizers to help reinforce teaching students to ask and answer questions and that can be used with any mentor text or independent text, check out this resource!









To see the bundle this resource comes in and get two sets free click the image below:









Out of This World Literacy is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com

3 Books and Lessons for Teaching Theme

Hi There!

Looking for ideas on how to teach students how to identify and form opinions about themes in books?  Check out the three mini lesson statements and watch the video to get more ideas on how to teach theme with three specific books. 






Here is a chart with three mini lesson statements and examples of how to frame your whole class discussion.  Fill out your charts with these organizers as you discuss each book with the class!









The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, and Harlem's Greatest Bookstore is a wonderful book based on a true story of a man who owned a book store for black people during the time America was heavily segregated.  It's a great book to integrate social studies content into reading and teach theme!



Fly Away Home is a powerful story about a boy and his dad who are homeless and living in an airport.  The theme of the book is very compelling and leaves the reader with many things to think about being homeless and  how fortunate most are to have a home.



Mr. Peabody's Apples is a great story about the consequences of spreading rumors and how those rumors can impact an entire community.  It's a great story with a strong theme!




3 Books and Lessons for Teaching Theme

3 Books and Lessons for Teaching Theme https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Reading-Comprehension-1591353

Posted by Out of This World Literacy on Monday, July 25, 2016




For 30 different comprehension questions in 3 formats based on theme that you can use with any text, click on the image below. 








To see the bundle this resource comes in and get two sets free click the image below:









Out of This World Literacy is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com

3 Books and Lessons for Teaching Synthesizing

Hi There!

Looking for ideas on how to teach students how to think critically and synthesize?  Check out the three mini lesson statements and watch the video to get more ideas on how to teach synthesizing with three specific books. 








Here is a chart with three mini lesson statements and examples of how to frame your whole class discussion.  Fill out your charts with these organizers as you discuss each book with the class!










Roxaboxen is an excellent story that leads to students thinking deeply about what it means to create an imaginary town.  In the story the kids in the neighborhood turn an area of land into a small town, complete with roads and houses!



The Little House is a powerful story about how a well-built house went from living in the country so becoming surrounded by a large city.  The images capture the transition slowly on each page as the reader feels the emotions of the house as it struggles to accept its new surroundings.  It's a great books to teach kids to think deeply about the world around them!



The Book of Bad Ideas is a hilarious book of really bad ideas.  It's a great mentor text to help kids determine which detail is the most important, or in this case, which bad idea is the worst!




3 Books and Lessons to Teach Synthesizing https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Reading-Comprehension-1876046
Posted by Out of This World Literacy on Friday, July 22, 2016





For a variety of graphic organizers to help reinforce teaching students to synthesize and that can be used with any mentor text or independent text, check out this resource!







To see the bundle this resource comes in and get two sets free click the image below:






Out of This World Literacy is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com

3 Books and Lessons for Teaching Finding Evidence

Hi There!

Looking for ideas on how to teach students how to find evidence in reading?  Check out the three mini lesson statements and watch the video to get more ideas on how to find evidence as they read with three specific books.  







Here is a chart with three mini lesson statements and examples of how to frame your whole class discussion.  Fill out your charts with these organizers as you discuss each book with the class!







The Great Fire is an amazing true story recount of the famous Chicago fire that burned nearly the entire city.  The first few chapters are truly captivating and written in such a way that leads to incredible discussions on finding evidence that supports the text.


The light-hearted book, Harriet, You'll Drive Me Wild! is a great story about a little girl named Harriet that does all sorts of things to finally make her mom snap.  It's a great book to hunt for evidence that proves her mom is about to lose it!


In the memoir from Patricia Polacco, My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother, Trisha's brother is mean and always teasing her.  But, in the end she realizes how great having a big brother can be.  This is a great book to teach students to use evidence to support the main events in a text.



3 Books and Lessons for Teaching Finding Evidence https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Reading-Comprehension-1686764
Posted by Out of This World Literacy on Thursday, July 21, 2016


For a variety of questions about finding evidence in three formats that reinforce your teaching and can be used with any mentor text at any level, check out this resource!






Or grab the entire bundle and get two sets free!





Out of This World Literacy is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com


3 Books and Lessons to Teach Cause and Effect

Hi There!


Looking for ideas on how to teach students how to cause and effect relationship in reading?  Check out the three mini lesson statements and watch the video to get more ideas on how to teach cause and effect with three specific books.  








Here is a chart with three mini lesson statements and examples of how to frame your whole class discussion.  Fill out your charts with these organizers as you discuss each book with the class!








The Giving Tree is a wonderful story that leads into some amazing lessons on cause and effect.  As the boy comes back to take more from the tree, there are consequences he doesn't realize until much later in life.


Teach students about another culture, while thinking about how our thrown out plastic bags impact the environment in this true story, One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia .  The women in this story turn thrown away plastic bags into beautiful purses to sell.  A great cause and effect example!


Those Shoes is a great story about a young boy who feels the pressure to have the 'cool' shoes that all his friends are wearing.  The only problem is his family cannot afford them.  There are many cause and effect examples throughout this fabulous story about being yourself and trying to fit in at the same time.





3 Books and Lessons for Teaching Cause and Effect
3 Books and Lessons to Teach Cause and Effect https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Cause-and-Effect-1870986
Posted by Out of This World Literacy on Wednesday, July 20, 2016




Check out the resource below that features 20 different graphic organizers to use with any text and reinforce these cause and effect comprehension skills:


1. Cause and Effect Matching Set One
2. Cause and Effect Matching Set Two
3. Cause and Effect Matching Set Three
4. If…Then…
5. Identifying Causes in Texts
6. Identifying Effects in Texts
7. Inferring Causes in Texts
8. Inferring Effects in Texts
9. What Happened/Why It Happened
10. Creating Causes Set One
11.Creating Causes Set Two
12. Creating Causes Set Three
13. Creating Effects Set One 
14. Creating Effects Set Two
15. Creating Effects Set Three
16. Cause and Effect Signal Words
17. Illustrating Cause and Effect 
18. One Cause, Multiple Effects Set One
19. One Cause, Multiple Effects Set Two
20. One Cause, Multiple Effects in Text










This resource is part of a larger bundle, where you can get two sets free!









Out of This World Literacy is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com