City Green Resource Set

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City Green by Dyanne DiSalvo-Ryan

In City Green, a young girl named Marcy is determined to build a community garden that will connect her neighbors and revitalize an abandoned urban lot next to her home. Students from all walks of life can enhance their understanding by connecting to Marcy’s story in various ways and comparing and contrasting their own experiences with Marcy’s.

Teach with City Green by Dyanne DiSalvo-Ryan

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 Long /a/ Sound
  • 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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City Green 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.2.5 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.2.3 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
  • 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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    City Green Resource Set

    Identifying the Author’s Purpose with City Green

    City Green is a story that works to convey many themes and messages. In this lesson plan, students will work through identifying messages on community involvement, the challenges and triumphs of working with others, and more.
    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 City Green

    City Green offers a unique opportunity for all students to connect with a world unlike their own. Students with planting and gardening experience will make text-to-self connections as they reflect on the anticipation of waiting for life to grow. Text-to-world connections will also be made as they learn more about living in an urban city center. Children who live in apartments or other areas where gardening is less commonplace can connect the story to their own neighborhood landscapes and what it might be like to have a garden of their own.
    Common Core Alignment:

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

    Making Inferences with City Green

    Old Man Hammer, the antagonist in City Green, is “hard as nails,” and main character Marcy discovers some of the reasons why he’s so mean and nasty. Through these discoveries, children will practice using text and illustrations to infer what happened to Old Man Hammer that makes him so gruff.
    Common Core Alignment:

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

    Retelling and Summarizing with City Green

    The distinct characters and clear problem and solution in City Green make this lesson plan perfect for practicing retelling. With a conventional linear progression, young readers will easily be able to identify the important events in this story.
    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

    Visualizing with City Green

    The vivid language used in City Green to describe a littered vacant lot turned beautiful community garden will support readers who need additional practice with mental imagery. With this lesson plan, readers will learn how to identify specific words in the text to help them visualize basic nouns and human emotion.
    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

    City Green 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.

    City Green Running Record

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

    Student Spanish Resources

    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 City Green by Dyanne DiSalvo-Ryan. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Super Pack for this book.

    City Green Word Work - Long /a/ sound

    City Green offers students the opportunity to name and notice several words with long /a/ sound within the context of the book. Either download the City Green Super Pack or this individual Word Work lesson plan and activity 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

    City Green Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy City Green, it’s helpful to review the new vocabulary used in the story. Either download the City Green 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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