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  • Making Predictions: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.3 RL.3.5 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.2.8
  • Retelling & Summarizing: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.3 RL.3.4 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Understanding Text Structure: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.10 RL.3.5 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Visualizing: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.10 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Word Work: RF.3.3 RF.3.4
  • Vocabulary: L.3.4a L.3.5b L.3.6
  • Doctor De Soto Super Pack


    Dr. De Soto and his wife are a very good dental team, treating animals large and small—as long as they’re not dangerous to mice. When a fox with a bad toothache asks for their help, the De Sotos must decide if they’ll risk their safety to treat the fox. The precarious sequence of events in this story make it the perfect book for teaching students to make predictions, retell and summarize, visualize and understand different text structures.

    Get everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction using Doctor De Soto by William Steig

    • Comprehension Strategy Lesson Plans
    • Page by Page Guided Think Sheets
    • Text Based Reader’s Notebook Prompts
    • Word Work Lesson Plan and Activities for Latin Suffixes
    • 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

    Making Predictions with Doctor De Soto


    Will Dr. and Mrs. De Soto deviate from their business plan and risk their personal safety to treat a fox with a painful toothache? Are the fox’s intentions genuine? As the anticipation builds in this story, your students will have countless opportunities to practice making predictions.
    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.3 RL.3.5 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.2.8
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    Retelling and Summarizing with Doctor De Soto


    With three well-defined main characters and a clear beginning, middle and end, this lesson plan provides effective support to students who need practice retelling and summarizing
    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.3 RL.3.4 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
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    Understanding Text Structure with Doctor De Soto


    Several different text structures can be found in Doctor De Soto, including problem and solution, sequence and cause/effect. Choose this lesson for comprehensive practice in understanding how different text structures are used to tell a story.
    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.10 RL.3.5 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
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    Visualizing with Doctor De Soto


    Combining the vibrant illustrations with their own experiences at a dental office, intermediate-level students will be able to identify the words and descriptions used by the author to help them construct images in their minds.
    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.10 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
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    Doctor De Soto 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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    Doctor De Soto Running Record


    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Doctor De Soto. 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.

    Doctor De Soto Word Work - Latin Suffixes


    Doctor De Soto isn’t just an excellent anchor text for teaching comprehension strategies; it also pairs well with a phonics lesson on latin suffixes. Select this individual lesson or download the super pack to access lesson plans, interactive games and fun worksheets that directly tie word study to your classroom reading.
    RF.3.3 RF.3.4
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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.

    Doctor De Soto Vocabulary Connections


    Are your students familiar with new vocabulary used in Doctor De Soto? Download this Vocabulary Builder for fun resources and activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth. If you download this book’s Super Pack, these resources are all included.
    L.3.4a L.3.5b L.3.6
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