Realistic (fiction), 667 words, Level N (Grade 2), Lexile 550L
Elena is excited for her upcoming birthday, but worries her family will forget it--and her--after the recent birth of her baby sister. In Birthday Blues, Elena's older sister, Nina, helps her work through her feelings and realize how fun having a younger sister will be--just in time for a birthday surprise. This book can also be used to help students connect to prior knowledge and analyze characters.
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Teach the Objectives
Connect to prior knowledge
Analyze Character : Analyze character
Consonant Digraphs : Identify and use consonant digraph th
Grammar and Mechanics
Exclamation Marks : Recognize and use exclamation marks
Compound Words : Recognize and use compound words
Think, Collaborate, Discuss
Promote higher-order thinking for small groups
or whole class