Realistic (fiction), 353 words, Level L (Grade 2), Fiction Series, Lexile 550L
Maria and her family are preparing for Christmas and waiting for their family from Mexico to arrive. Once her family arrives, Maria meets her new cousin, Ruben, for the first time. The family celebrates Christmas by attending church, opening gifts, and eating Christmas dinner. Students will have the opportunity to sequence events and compare their winter holiday celebrations to Maria's as they read this book.
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Guided Reading Lesson
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Use the reading strategy of connecting to prior knowledge to understand text
Identify long /e/ digraphs
Grammar and Mechanics
Recognize and use quotation marks
Place words in alphabetical order
Think, Collaborate, Discuss
Promote higher-order thinking for small groups or whole class
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