Fireboat Resource Set

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Summary

Fireboat by Maira Kalman

The John J. Harvey is a fireboat that was launched in New York City in 1931. Having outlived its usefulness, the boat was waiting to become scrap. In 1995, a small group of friends decided to save the Harvey and restore it to use for fun on the river. The horrific acts on September 11, 2001 brought the Harvey out of retirement, and the fireboat became a hero once again. This book offers a perfect backdrop for building comprehension skills using a nonfiction text.

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  • Comprehension Strategy Lesson Plans
  • Page by Page Guided Think Sheets
  • Text Based Reader’s Notebook Prompts
  • Word Work Lesson Plan and Activities for CVCe (Silent e)
  • Interactive Vocabulary Games and Activities
  • Running Record Assessment
  • Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment
  • Extension Activities for Early Finishers
  • Answer Keys
  • Complete Common Core Alignment
  • and More!
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CCSS Alignment
TEKS Alignment
  • Determining Importance: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RI.2.10 RI.2.2 SL.2.1b SL.2.1c SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Making Connections: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RI.2.10 RI.2.2 RI.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 RI.2.1 RI.2.10 RI.2.3 RI.2.4 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Understanding Text Structure: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RI.2.1 RI.2.10 RI.2.5 RI.2.7 RI.2.8 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Visualizing: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RI.2.10 RI.2.3 RI.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
  • Determining Importance: 2.13C 2.13E 2.13G 2.1A 2.1C 2.1D 2.6A 2.6B 2.6E 2.6G 2.6I 2.7A 2.7B 2.7C 2.7D 2.7E 2.7F 2.8A 2.8C 2.9C 2.9D(i) 2.9D(ii) 2.9D(iii)
  • Making Connections: 2.13C 2.13E 2.13G 2.1A 2.1C 2.1D 2.6A 2.6E 2.6I 2.7A 2.7B 2.7C 2.7D 2.7E 2.7F 2.8C 2.9D(i) 2.9D(ii) 2.9D(iii)
  • Making Inferences: 2.13C 2.13E 2.13G 2.1A 2.1C 2.1D 2.6A 2.6E 2.6F 2.6I 2.7B 2.7C 2.7D 2.7E 2.7F 2.8B 2.8C 2.9D(i) 2.9D(ii) 2.9D(iii)
  • Understanding Text Structure: 2.10B 2.10C 2.13C 2.13E 2.13G 2.1A 2.1C 2.1D 2.6A 2.6I 2.7B 2.7C 2.7D 2.7E 2.7F 2.8C 2.9C 2.9D(i) 2.9D(ii) 2.9D(iii)
  • Visualizing: 2.10C 2.13C 2.13E 2.13G 2.1A 2.1C 2.1D 2.6A 2.6D 2.6E 2.6I 2.7A 2.7B 2.7C 2.7D 2.7E 2.7F 2.8C 2.9C 2.9D(i) 2.9D(ii) 2.9D(iii)
  • Word Work: 2.2A(i) 2.2A(ii) 2.2A(iii) 2.2A(iv) 2.2B(i) 2.2B(iii)
  • Vocabulary: 2.3A 2.3B 2.3D 2.7E 2.7F
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    Fireboat Resource Set

    Determining Importance with Fireboat

    Comprehending a nonfiction text such as Maira Kalman's Fireboat, requires readers to identify and remember the most important details. This determining importance mini lesson prompts students to pause and reflect on the importance of various details while reading.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RI.2.10 RI.2.2 SL.2.1b SL.2.1c SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    2.13C 2.13E 2.13G 2.1A 2.1C 2.1D 2.6A 2.6B 2.6E 2.6G 2.6I 2.7A 2.7B 2.7C 2.7D 2.7E 2.7F 2.8A 2.8C 2.9C 2.9D(i) 2.9D(ii) 2.9D(iii)

    Making Connections with Fireboat

    Because most students have had some experience with the events of 9/11, Fireboat is an excellent choice for practicing making connections. Using this mini lesson, students will discover how making text-to-world, text-to-self, and text-to-text connections improves their understanding of the material.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RI.2.10 RI.2.2 RI.2.3 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    2.13C 2.13E 2.13G 2.1A 2.1C 2.1D 2.6A 2.6E 2.6I 2.7A 2.7B 2.7C 2.7D 2.7E 2.7F 2.8C 2.9D(i) 2.9D(ii) 2.9D(iii)

    Making Inferences with Fireboat

    Inferring details about the historical information presented in Fireboat by Maira Kalman is a great way for students gain understanding of this nonfiction text. This focused mini lesson is supported by engaging text and colorful illustrations.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RI.2.1 RI.2.10 RI.2.3 RI.2.4 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    2.13C 2.13E 2.13G 2.1A 2.1C 2.1D 2.6A 2.6E 2.6F 2.6I 2.7B 2.7C 2.7D 2.7E 2.7F 2.8B 2.8C 2.9D(i) 2.9D(ii) 2.9D(iii)

    Understanding Text Structure with Fireboat

    Author Maira Kalman relied on description, problem/solution, and cause/effect text structures when writing Fireboat. This ready-to-use mini lesson shows students that identifying how a nonfiction text is organized will help them better understand the material presented.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RI.2.1 RI.2.10 RI.2.5 RI.2.7 RI.2.8 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    2.10B 2.10C 2.13C 2.13E 2.13G 2.1A 2.1C 2.1D 2.6A 2.6I 2.7B 2.7C 2.7D 2.7E 2.7F 2.8C 2.9C 2.9D(i) 2.9D(ii) 2.9D(iii)

    Visualizing with Fireboat

    This visualizing mini lesson prompts students to practice using the author's words to "see" the text. Author Maira Kalman presents both positive and emotional events in Fireboat; making it a wonderful anchor text for students developing this skill.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RI.2.10 RI.2.3 RI.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    2.10C 2.13C 2.13E 2.13G 2.1A 2.1C 2.1D 2.6A 2.6D 2.6E 2.6I 2.7A 2.7B 2.7C 2.7D 2.7E 2.7F 2.8C 2.9C 2.9D(i) 2.9D(ii) 2.9D(iii)

    Fireboat 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.

    Fireboat Running Record

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

    Fireboat Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment

    Use this Common Core aligned comprehension assessment to evaluate students' comprehension of Fireboat.

    Student Resources in Spanish

    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 Fireboat by Maira Kalman. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Super Pack for this book.

    Fireboat Word Work - CVCe (Silent e)

    Fireboat is not only an excellent anchor text for teaching comprehension strategies, it also pairs well with a phonics lesson about CVCe (Silent e). Either download the Fireboat 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.
    Common Core Alignment:

    RF.2.3 RF.2.4
    TEKS Alignment:

    2.2A(i) 2.2A(ii) 2.2A(iii) 2.2A(iv) 2.2B(i) 2.2B(iii)

    Fireboat Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy Fireboat, it’s helpful to introduce words that might be new to readers. Either download the Fireboat 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
    TEKS Alignment:

    2.3A 2.3B 2.3D 2.7E 2.7F

    TEKS Alignment

    Complete TEKS alignment for all of the mini lessons, resources, and activities in the Fireboat Resource Set.

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