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Helen’s Big World Super Pack
Children will learn about developing a growth mindset through the many lessons in perseverance and hard work modeled by Helen Keller while reading this book. Students will learn that Helen lived in her own quiet, dark world until an extraordinary teacher by the name of Annie Sullivan taught her how to communicate. It took a great deal of work and practice, but Helen eventually learned the power of communication. Through reflecting on Helen’s accomplishments students will practice questioning, making inferences and summarizing.
Get everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction using Helen’s Big World by Doreen Rappaport
- Comprehension Strategy Lesson Plans
- Page by Page Guided Think Sheets
- Text Based Reader’s Notebook Prompts
- Word Work Lesson Plan and Activities for Adding Suffix -ing
- 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
Asking Questions with Helen's Big World
Helen Keller’s story will generate many questions as children wonder about how she was able to accomplish so much without the ability to see or hear. Their questions will lead them to understand that hard work and practice can lead to great achievements.
Identifying the Author's Purpose with Helen's Big World
Children will have many opportunities to consider the author’s purpose in telling Helen’s story. Taking the time to understand what the author wants the reader to know about Helen’s character will help children better understand why Helen worked so hard at learning new things throughout her life.
Making Connections with Helen's Big World
Making connections with a story helps readers understand what is happening in the story. Children will connect with Helen as she struggles to read and write. Their connections will help them understand Helen Keller as a remarkable person. Students will be inspired to work through their tough subjects in school knowing the accomplishments Helen made with reading and writing.
Making Inferences with Helen's Big World
Children will be drawn to making inferences about Helen Keller’s life. Because of her willingness to work, she made her world a bigger place, and children are given many opportunities to infer what life must have been like for Helen as she persevered.
Retelling and Summarizing with Helen's Big World
“Helen’s Big World: The Life of Helen Keller” is the perfect book for practicing retelling and summarizing. Major events in Helen’s life are described beautifully in sequential order with a clear beginning and ending. Gorgeous double page spreads help support students as they retell the story.
Helen's Big World 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.
Helen's Big World Running Record
Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Helen's Big World. 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.
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.
Helen's Big World Word Work - Suffix -ing
Helen's Big World offers students the opportunity to name and notice several words with suffix -ing within the context of the book. Either download the Helen's Big World Super Pack or this individual Word Work lesson plan and activity package to access lesson plans, interactive games, and fun worksheets that directly tie word study to your classroom reading.
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.
Helen's Big World Vocabulary Connections
Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy Helen's Big World, it’s helpful to introduce words that might be new to readers. Either download the Helen's Big World 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.