Grandfather’s Journey Resource Set

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Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say

In Grandfather’s Journey, Allen Say tells about his Grandfather’s love for both America and his homeland in Japan. Following his Grandfather’s footsteps, Say begins to understand why his grandfather was torn between the two countries. The story’s vivid text and beautiful illustrations will help students to practice understanding text structure, making inferences, retelling and summarizing, asking questions, and visualizing.

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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 Compound Words
  • Interactive Vocabulary Games and Activities
  • Running Record Assessment
  • Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment
  • Extension Activities for Early Finishers
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  • Complete Common Core Alignment
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CCSS Alignment
TEKS Alignment
  • Asking Questions: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.1 RI.3.10 RI.3.4 SL.3.1c SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Making Inferences: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.1 RI.3.10 RI.3.4 RI.3.6 RI.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Retelling & Summarizing: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.10 RI.3.2 RI.3.4 RI.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 RI.3.10 RI.3.2 RI.3.5 RI.3.7 RI.3.8 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Visualizing: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.1 RI.3.10 RI.3.5 RI.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
  • Asking Questions: 3.13A 3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6B 3.6I 3.7B 3.7C 3.7D 3.7E 3.7F 3.7G 3.9D(ii) 3.9D(iii)
  • Making Inferences: 3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6B 3.6F 3.6I 3.7A 3.7B 3.7C 3.7D 3.7E 3.7G 3.9D(i) 3.9D(ii) 3.9D(iii)
  • Retelling & Summarizing: 3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6G 3.6I 3.7B 3.7C 3.7D 3.7E 3.7F 3.7G 3.8D 3.9D(i) 3.9D(ii) 3.9D(iii)
  • Understanding Text Structure: 2.9D(ii) 3.10B 3.10C 3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6H 3.6I 3.7B 3.7C 3.7E 3.7F 3.9D(i) 3.9D(iii) 3.9E(iii)
  • Visualizing: 3.10C 3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6D 3.6E 3.6I 3.7A 3.7B 3.7C 3.7E 3.7F 3.9D(i) 3.9D(ii) 3.9D(iii)
  • Word Work: 3.2A(iii) 3.2B(iii)
  • Vocabulary: 3.3A 3.3B 3.7E 3.7F
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    Grandfather’s Journey Resource Set

    Asking Questions with Grandfather's Journey

    The author/illustrator uses pictures that show more about the characters and events than is expressed in the text. This will prompt students to ask questions about the story and give them a chance to practice this important comprehension strategy.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.1 RI.3.10 RI.3.4 SL.3.1c SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    3.13A 3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6B 3.6I 3.7B 3.7C 3.7D 3.7E 3.7F 3.7G 3.9D(ii) 3.9D(iii)

    Making Inferences with Grandfather's Journey

    Making inferences is an important comprehension skill. While reading Grandfather’s Journey, students will receive clues that will help them to “read between the lines.”
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.1 RI.3.10 RI.3.4 RI.3.6 RI.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6B 3.6F 3.6I 3.7A 3.7B 3.7C 3.7D 3.7E 3.7G 3.9D(i) 3.9D(ii) 3.9D(iii)

    Retelling and Summarizing with Grandfather's Journey

    Allen Say tells the story of Grandfather’s Journey in a linear sequence. Students will be able to remember what happened first, next, etc. as well as the settings in which the events took place, practicing the important skill of retelling and summarizing.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.10 RI.3.2 RI.3.4 RI.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6G 3.6I 3.7B 3.7C 3.7D 3.7E 3.7F 3.7G 3.8D 3.9D(i) 3.9D(ii) 3.9D(iii)

    Understanding Text Structure with Grandfather's Journey

    Allen Say uses various types of text, including: sequencing, description, problem and solution, and cause and effect in his story. With this mini lesson, students can practice understanding text structure, while reading a beautiful story.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.10 RI.3.2 RI.3.5 RI.3.7 RI.3.8 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    2.9D(ii) 3.10B 3.10C 3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6H 3.6I 3.7B 3.7C 3.7E 3.7F 3.9D(i) 3.9D(iii) 3.9E(iii)

    Visualizing with Grandfather's Journey

    Allen Say’s descriptive text and detailed illustrations will help students who need practice visualizing while they read. This mini lesson will help them to practice checking their comprehension of the plot and settings as they go along.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.1 RI.3.10 RI.3.5 RI.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    3.10C 3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6D 3.6E 3.6I 3.7A 3.7B 3.7C 3.7E 3.7F 3.9D(i) 3.9D(ii) 3.9D(iii)

    Grandfather's Journey 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.

    Grandfather's Journey Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Grandfather's Journey. 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.

    Grandfather's Journey Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment

    Use this Common Core aligned comprehension assessment to evaluate students' comprehension of Grandfather's Journey.

    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 Grandfather's Journey by Allen Say. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Super Pack for this book.

    Grandfather's Journey Word Work - Compound Words

    If you use Grandfather's Journey as an anchor text for reading comprehension, you can take advantage of your students’ framework and directly tie in words study as well. This book is a good resource for teaching the compound words. You can find these lesson plans, interactive games and fun worksheets in your Super Pack, or download the individual Word Work package now.
    Common Core Alignment:

    RF.3.3 RF.3.4
    TEKS Alignment:

    3.2A(iii) 3.2B(iii)

    Grandfather's Journey Vocabulary Connections

    Your students will enhance their enjoyment and understanding of Grandfather's Journey if they’re prepared for new vocabulary introduced in this text. And this classroom-ready Vocabulary Builder has everything you need. Download the individual Vocabulary Builder or the Super Pack for fun, productive activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.4a L.3.5b L.3.6
    TEKS Alignment:

    3.3A 3.3B 3.7E 3.7F

    TEKS Alignment

    Complete TEKS alignment for all of the mini lessons, resources, and activities in the Grandfather's Journey Resource Set.

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