A Chair for My Mother Resource Set

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A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams

A Chair for My Mother is a tender story about patience, perseverance, and family. This story is an excellent selection for practicing the comprehension strategies of retelling, visualizing and identifying the author’s purpose.

Teach with A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams

This resource set includes everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction

  • Comprehension Strategy Lesson Plans
  • Page by Page Guided Think Sheets
  • Text Based Reader’s Notebook Prompts
  • Word Work Lesson Plan and Activities for Prepositions / Prepositional Phrases
  • Interactive Vocabulary Games and Activities
  • Running Record Assessment
  • Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment
  • Extension Activities for Early Finishers
  • Answer Keys
  • Complete Common Core Alignment
  • and More!
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A Chair for My Mother Lesson Plans, Resources, and Activities
Common Core Alignment
  • Identifying the Author's Purpose: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.3 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Making Inferences: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.6 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Retelling & Summarizing: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.1 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.3 RL.2.5 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Understanding Text Structure: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.4 RL.2.5 RL.2.7 SL.1.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Visualizing: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Word Work: RF.2.3 RF.2.4
  • Vocabulary: L.2.4a L.2.5a L.2.6
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    A Chair for My Mother Resource Set

    Identifying the Author’s Purpose with A Chair for My Mother

    A Chair for My Mother is full of messages, including those about persistence, goal setting, family values and strong work ethic. This lesson plan will support readers who need work thinking beyond the story to identify the author’s deeper message.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.3 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    Making Inferences with A Chair for My Mother

    The emotional tale of a family that loses their belongings in a fire will provoke students to draw upon their own feelings in order to infer what the characters in the book might be feeling or thinking in response to tragedy.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.6 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    Retelling and Summarizing with A Chair for My Mother

    The author of A Chair for My Mother uses a flashback method to describe events that happened in the past. This gives more sophisticated readers the added challenge of identifying and retelling key events from a nonlinear sequence.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.1 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.3 RL.2.5 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    Understanding Text Structure with A Chair for My Mother

    This story offers students several opportunities to practice comprehension through basic text structures. The book relies heavily on illustrations to support the text and it also uses both a flashback and flash forward storyline method.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.4 RL.2.5 RL.2.7 SL.1.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    Visualizing with A Chair for My Mother

    The strong descriptive language in A Chair for My Mother is perfect for helping students who need additional practice with mental imagery and visualizing story settings.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    A Chair for My Mother Extension Activity

    The BookPagez extension activities are a great way to push student engagement beyond the pages of the text. Try using this activity with early finishers, with students who show a deeper connection with the text, or as a center activity.

    A Chair for My Mother Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of A Chair for My Mother. Track meaning, structure, and visual accuracy using the first 100 words of the text to determine whether or not this book is a good fit for the readers in your classroom.

    A Chair for My Mother Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment

    Use this Common Core aligned comprehension assessment to evaluate students' comprehension of A Chair for My Mother.

    Student Resources in Spanish

    This set of Spanish student facing resources includes comprehension strategy practice pages, reader's notebook prompts (complete with Spanish Common Core "I Can" statements), and extension activities for use with A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Super Pack for this book.

    A Chair for My Mother Word Work - Prepositions / Prepositional Phrases

    If you use A Chair for My Mother as an anchor text for reading comprehension, you can take advantage of your students’ framework and directly tie in word study as well. This book is a good resource for teaching a phonics lesson about prepositions and prepositional phrases. You can find these lesson plans, interactive games and fun worksheets in your Super Pack, or download the individual Word Work package now.
    Common Core Alignment:

    RF.2.3 RF.2.4

    A Chair for My Mother Vocabulary Builder

    Your students will enhance their enjoyment and understanding of A Chair for My Mother if they’re prepared for new vocabulary introduced in this text. And this classroom-ready Vocabulary Builder has everything you need. Download the individual Vocabulary Builder or the Super Pack for fun, productive activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.4a L.2.5a L.2.6

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