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  • 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
  • City Green Super Pack


    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.

    Get everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction using City Green by Dyanne DiSalvo-Ryan

    • 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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    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 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.
    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
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    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.
    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
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    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.
    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
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    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.
    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
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    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.
    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
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    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.
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    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.
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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.

    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.
    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.

    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.
    L.2.4a L.2.5a L.2.6
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