Fantasy (fiction), 404 words, Level K (Grade 2), Lexile 540L
The main character of this book is not only moving to a new school, she’s moving to a new planet! In New Planet, New School, the young protagonist is happy with her new home until she has to start school. She worries that she won’t fit in. The story is a good starting point for a discussion on accepting others and appreciating differences, and also provides the opportunity to teach about an author’s purpose and proper nouns. Brilliant illustrations accompany the science fiction story.
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Guided Reading Lesson
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Make, revise, and confirm predictions
Determine author’s purpose for writing
Identify vowel digraphs ea and ee
Grammar and Mechanics
Recognize names of places as proper nouns
Place words in alphabetical order
Think, Collaborate, Discuss
Promote higher-order thinking for small groups or whole class
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