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Chrysanthemum Super Pack

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.

Get everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction using Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

  • 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
  • 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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