Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus Resource Set

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Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus is the story of a very determined pigeon with a dream to drive a bus. The only obstacle standing in his way is you! As students engage one-on-one with the pigeon and his persuasive ways, students will enjoy working through lessons on making connections, visualizing, asking questions and making inferences.

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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 Contractions
  • 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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Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus Lesson Plans, Resources, and Activities
Common Core Alignment
  • Asking Questions: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.1 RL.2.10 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.1c SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • 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.2.3 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.2.5 RL.2.6 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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    Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus Resource Set

    Asking Questions with Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

    As they wonder what different ways the Pigeon might be allowed to drive the bus or what would happen if the Pigeon did in fact drive the bus, students will learn how to improve their understanding of a text by asking questions.
    Common Core Alignment:

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

    Identifying the Author's Purpose with Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

    Mo Willems, the author of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, definitely knows how to write books that entertain his readers! Use this lesson plan and set of resources to help your students identify the author's purpose for writing this book by the text and pictures to examine the ways Mo Willems develops the pigeon's character.
    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 Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

    For students who are beginning to make connections while reading, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus is a fun and enjoyable way to practice making text-to-self, 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.2.3 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    Making Inferences with Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

    This is the ideal book for early readers who are just learning to deepen their comprehension of a text by inferring meaning. Readers will be able to use the text, illustrations and even their own experiences to make inferences about how the pigeon might be feeling and what he might be thinking as he tries to persuade us to let him drive the bus.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.5 RL.2.6 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    Visualizing with Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

    Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus is the perfect text for supporting readers who are learning to create mental images to improve their reading comprehension. Students will easily be able to visualize the Pigeon as the story describes his begging and pleading to drive the bus.
    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

    Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus 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.

    Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. 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.

    Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus Word Work - Contractions

    Make classroom reading time even more productive by using Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus to teach word study. This book is an excellent resource for teaching a phonics lesson about contractions. To access these classroom-ready lesson plans, interactive games and fun worksheets, download this individual Word Work package or look for them in your Super Pack.
    Common Core Alignment:

    RF.2.3 RF.2.4

    Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus Vocabulary Connections

    Are your students familiar with new vocabulary used in Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus? 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.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.4a L.2.5a L.2.6

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