Five Busy Elves Resource Set

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Five Busy Elves by Patricia Hegarty

Students will delight in following these five busy elves as they get ready for their biggest day of the year. From Santa’s mailroom to Mrs. Claus’ kitchen, the elves stay busy and even find the time to have a little fun too! Simple rhyming text and colorful illustrations make it easy to teach readers how to use comprehension strategies to deepen their understanding of this fun holiday book.

Teach with Five Busy Elves by Patricia Hegarty

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 Rhyming Word Families
  • 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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Common Core Alignment
  • Making Connections: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.3 RL.1.7 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8
  • Making Inferences: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.2 RL.1.3 RL.1.7 RL.1.9 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 W.1.5 W.1.8
  • Retelling & Summarizing: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.2 RL.1.3 RL.1.7 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8
  • Visualizing: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.10 RL.1.3 RL.1.4 RL.1.7 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8
  • Word Work: RF.1.3 RF.1.4
  • Vocabulary: L.1.4a L.1.5c L.1.6
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    Five Busy Elves Resource Set

    Making Connections with Five Busy Elves

    Students will enjoy making a variety of connections to Patricia Hegarty's fun holiday story. By drawing upon their own holiday experiences along with background knowledge gained from other texts, students will learn how to make text-to-text, text-to-self, and text-to-world connections.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.3 RL.1.7 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8

    Making Inferences with Five Busy Elves

    Help students deepen their comprehension of this simple text by guiding them to make inferences based on the illustrations, their prior knowledge, and the author's specific description of the five busy elves as they prepare for Christmas.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.2 RL.1.3 RL.1.7 RL.1.9 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 W.1.5 W.1.8

    Retelling and Summarizing with Five Busy Elves

    Five Busy Elves is the perfect anchor text for students who are just learning to retell and summarize. Patricia Hegarty's limited cast of characters and simple story structure make it easy for beginning readers to identify the main characters, the setting, and basic events in the story.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.2 RL.1.3 RL.1.7 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8

    Visualizing with Five Busy Elves

    Five Busy Elves provides readers with lots of opportunities to create mental images that go beyond the pages of the text. Through connecting prior knowledge and personal experience to the text, this mini lesson teaches students why visualizing is an important skill to develop as a reader.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.10 RL.1.3 RL.1.4 RL.1.7 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8

    Five Busy Elves 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.

    Five Busy Elves Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Five Busy Elves. 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.

    Five Busy Elves Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment

    Use this Common Core aligned comprehension assessment to evaluate students' comprehension of Five Busy Elves.

    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 Five Busy Elves by Patricia Hegarty. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Super Pack for this book.

    Five Busy Elves Word Work - Rhyming Word Families

    Five Busy Elves is not only an excellent anchor text for teaching comprehension strategies, but it also pairs well with a phonics lesson about rhyming word families. Either download the Five Busy Elves 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.1.3 RF.1.4

    Five Busy Elves Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy Five Busy Elves, it’s helpful to introduce words that might be new to readers. Either download the Five Busy Elves 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.1.4a L.1.5c L.1.6

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