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  • Asking Questions: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.10 RL.3.3 RL.3.4 RL.3.6 SL.3.1c SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Identifying the Author's Purpose: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.2 RL.3.6 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Making Connections: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.2 RL.3.3 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Synthesizing: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.2 RL.3.3 RL.3.4 RL.3.5 RL.3.6 RL.3.7 SL.3.1c SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Visualizing: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.10 RL.3.5 RL.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
  • Henry’s Freedom Box Super Pack


    Henry’s Freedom Box is the emotional story of a boy born into slavery. Henry does not know his birthday, he is torn apart from his family, and in desperation, he sets out on a brave quest for freedom. For readers who have some knowledge of this time in history, this is an excellent selection for teaching more advanced strategies, such as asking questions, identifying the author’s purpose and synthesizing.

    Get everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction using Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine

    • Comprehension Strategy Lesson Plans
    • Page by Page Guided Think Sheets
    • Text Based Reader’s Notebook Prompts
    • Word Work Lesson Plan and Activities for Inflectional Endings
    • Interactive Vocabulary Games and Activities
    • Running Record Assessment
    • Extension Activities for Early Finishers
    • Answer Keys
    • Complete Common Core Alignment
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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 Henry’s Freedom Box


    The subject matter in Henry’s Freedom Box will naturally encourage students to ask questions to enhance their comprehension. They’ll learn to identify questions they have about the setting, the characters and the characters’ actions. They’ll also have a chance to discuss how the answers to their questions can deepen their understanding.
    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.10 RL.3.3 RL.3.4 RL.3.6 SL.3.1c SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
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    Identifying the Author’s Purpose with Henry’s Freedom Box


    If you’re working with students who need practice identifying the author’s purpose, Henry’s Freedom Box is a great resource. Readers will easily be able to identify and discuss the author’s clear messages about slavery, loss, freedom and bravery.
    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.2 RL.3.6 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
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    Making Connections with Henry’s Freedom Box


    The themes of slavery, loss and freedom in Henry’s Freedom Box allow more sophisticated readers to practice making deeper connections. In order to fully engage with this story, readers will need to make connections to other texts they’ve read about slavery and the prior knowledge they have about this topic.
    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.2 RL.3.3 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
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    Synthesizing with Henry’s Freedom Box


    Henry’s Freedom Box evolves through many different settings, emotions and action sequences. This book and lesson plan are profound, effective resources for helping students practice synthesizing.
    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.2 RL.3.3 RL.3.4 RL.3.5 RL.3.6 RL.3.7 SL.3.1c SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
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    Visualizing with Henry’s Freedom Box


    The author of Henry’s Freedom Box uses descriptive language to establish the scenes, action and characters throughout the book. Readers will be able to create mental images and then compare with the book’s illustrations to confirm their understanding.
    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.10 RL.3.5 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
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    Henry's Freedom Box 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.
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    Henry's Freedom Box Running Record


    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Henry's Freedom Box. 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.
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    Word Work

    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.

    Henry’s Freedom Box Word Work - Inflectional Endings


    Make classroom reading time even more productive by using Henry’s Freedom Box to teach word study. This book is an excellent resource for teaching a phonics lesson about inflectional endings. 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.
    RF.3.3 RF.3.4
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    Vocabulary Connections

    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.

    Henry's Freedom Box Vocabulary Connections


    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy the story of Henry’s Freedom Box, it’s helpful to review the new vocabulary used in the story. Either download the Henry’s Freedom Box 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.
    L.3.4a L.3.5b L.3.6
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