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  • Asking Questions: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.2 RL.4.4 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Synthesizing: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.2 RL.4.3 RL.4.4 RL.4.5 RL.4.6 RL.4.7 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Understanding Text Structure: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.10 RL.4.5 RL.4.6 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Visualizing: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.3 RL.4.7 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Vocabulary: L.4.4a L.4.5c L.4.6
  • Arnie the Doughnut Super Pack


    Arnie the Doughnut is a wacky story about a doughnut who is everything he ever wanted to be—chocolate-covered with sprinkles. Arnie, however, doesn’t quite understand his purpose as a doughnut. Students will love Arnie’s hilarious journey while they practice visualizing, asking questions, understanding text structure and synthesizing.

    Get everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction using Arnie the Doughnut by Laurie Keller

    • Comprehension Strategy Lesson Plans
    • Page by Page Guided Think Sheets
    • Text Based Reader’s Notebook Prompts
    • 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 Arnie the Doughnut


    This story naturally encourages readers to practice asking questions about the ways in which Arnie will find freedom and escape from Mr. Bing, his hungry and very surprised owner.
    L.4.6 RF.4.3 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.2 RL.4.4 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
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    Synthesizing with Arnie the Doughnut


    While Arnie’s story is highly entertaining, it’s also rather complicated. In this lesson plan, readers will need to use all the comprehension strategies to develop a clear understanding of Arnie and Mr. Bing’s differing perspectives on their strange situation.
    L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.2 RL.4.3 RL.4.4 RL.4.5 RL.4.6 RL.4.7 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
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    Understanding Text Structure with Arnie the Doughnut


    Arnie the Doughnut is unique because it is based on a comic book format. Readers will need to refer to the different text orientations, multiple captions and the variety of speech bubbles to fully comprehend the comedy of the story.
    L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.10 RL.4.5 RL.4.6 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
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    Visualizing with Arnie the Doughnut


    With fun, descriptive language and excellent illustrations, Arnie the Doughnut is the ideal book for readers who need practice visualizing emotion and action to fully comprehend text.
    L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.3 RL.4.7 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
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    Arnie the Doughnut 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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    Arnie the Doughnut Running Record


    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Arnie the Doughnut. 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 Arnie the Doughnut by Laurie Keller. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Super Pack for this book.
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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.

    Arnie the Doughnut Vocabulary Connections


    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy Arnie the Doughnut, it’s helpful to review new vocabulary used in the story. Either download the Arnie the Doughnut Super Pack or this individual Vocabulary Builder for resources and activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth through fun and productive interactions with new words.
    L.4.4a L.4.5c L.4.6
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