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  • Asking Questions: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.1 RL.2.10 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.1c SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Making Connections: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.9 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Retelling & Summarizing: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.3 RL.2.5 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Word Work: RF.2.3 RF.2.4
  • Vocabulary: L.2.4a L.2.5a L.2.6
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Super Pack


    It’s just one thing after another for Alexander and his terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. But, while Alexander struggles with the day’s events, your students will build exceptional, outstanding, wonderful, really great skills in retelling and summarizing, making connections and asking questions.

    Get everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction using Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

    • Comprehension Strategy Lesson Plans
    • Page by Page Guided Think Sheets
    • Text Based Reader’s Notebook Prompts
    • Word Work Lesson Plan and Activities for Compound Words
    • Interactive Vocabulary Games and Activities
    • Running Record Assessment
    • Extension Activities for Early Finishers
    • Answer Keys
    • Complete Common Core Alignment
    • and More!
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    Comprehension Strategy Resources

    All comprehension strategy packs come complete with a step by step strategy lesson plan, guided page by page think sheet, answer key, text based reader's notebook prompt, and complete common core alignment

    Asking Questions with Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day


    Readers will naturally be curious about Alexander and the reasons why he’s having such a bad day. They can practice asking questions about Alexander’s choices and use the text to find evidence of why his decisions are impacting his day.
    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.1 RL.2.10 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.1c SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
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    Making Connections with Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day


    This lesson plan is a perfect pick for young readers who are beginning to make text-to-self connections. They’ll be able to relate to Alexander and connect to a time when they have had a terrible, no good day.
    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.9 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
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    Retelling and Summarizing with Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day


    The characters, events and problems in this story are very clearly defined, making this an excellent selection for supporting readers who need additional practice retelling and summarizing key events, especially using time order words.
    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 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
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    Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day 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.
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    Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Running Record


    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. 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.
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    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 Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Super Pack for this book.
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    Word Work

    A step by step lesson plan, interactive activity, and set of resources to help students learn about words in the context of their reading. Each package helps readers practice naming, noticing, and using specific words parts and patterns.

    Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Word Work - Compound Words


    If you use Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day 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 compound words. You can find these lesson plans, interactive games and fun worksheets in your Super Pack, or download the individual Word Work package now.
    RF.2.3 RF.2.4
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    Vocabulary Connections

    Each package includes a list of specific vocabulary words found within the book and a set of resources to help students build their vocabulary, practice using new words, and to become more aware of new vocabulary while working and reading independently.

    Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Vocabulary Connections


    Before your students can successfully comprehend and enjoy Alexander’s story, they must be able to decode new vocabulary used in the story. When you choose any of our comprehension strategy packs, you’ll also receive resources and activities that support vocabulary growth through fun and productive interactions with new words. Download these resources to pre-teach Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary words.
    L.2.4a L.2.5a L.2.6
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