Chrysanthemum Resource Set

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Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

Even at the earliest reading levels, students can relate to Chrysanthemum’s light-hearted take on themes like teasing and self-esteem. The author’s message will resonate with your students, while they also practice retelling and making connections and predictions.

Teach with Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

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 Words Ending in “-ly”
  • 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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Chrysanthemum 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.2.6 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b 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
  • Making Predictions: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.1 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.6 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
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    Chrysanthemum Resource Set

    Identifying the Author’s Purpose with Chrysanthemum

    Chrysanthemum is a character young children will easily connect with. They will draw upon their own experiences to successfully identify the author’s broader reason for writing this story.
    Common Core Alignment:

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

    Making Connections with Chrysanthemum

    At this age, most children have experienced bullying in one way or another. As a result, younger readers will easily identify with the main character to make text-to-self connections while reading. There are also opportunities to make text-to-text and even text-to-world connections.
    Common Core Alignment:

    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

    Making Predictions with Chrysanthemum

    In Chrysanthemum, the author uses a predictable story structure to move the reader through the text. This paired with the familiar themes of bullying and self-confidence make this an excellent lesson plan for practicing making predictions.
    Common Core Alignment:

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

    Retelling and Summarizing with Chrysanthemum

    Students will be able to clearly identify the events, characters, and the problem and solution in this story. You can also break the book into scenes, which each have their own cause and effect sequence, and then prompt beginning readers to retell and summarize individual scenes.
    Common Core Alignment:

    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

    Chrysanthemum 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.

    Chrysanthemum Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Chrysanthemum. 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.

    Chrysanthemum Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment

    Use this Common Core aligned comprehension assessment to evaluate students' comprehension of Chrysanthemum.

    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 Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Super Pack for this book

    Chrysanthemum Word Work - Words ending in "-ly"

    Chrysanthemum is not only an excellent anchor text for teaching comprehension strategies, it also pairs well with a phonics lesson about words that end in “-ly.” Either download the Chrysanthemum Super Pack or this individual Word Work package to access lesson plans, interactive games and fun worksheets that directly tie word study to your classroom reading.
    Common Core Alignment:

    RF.2.3 RF.2.4

    Chrysanthemum Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy Chrysanthemum, it's helpful to review the new vocabulary used in the story. Either download the Chrysanthemum 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.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.4a L.2.5a L.2.6

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