How I Spent My Summer Vacation Resource Set

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation by Mark Teague

Students will feel like they stepped inside their own cowboy gear as they travel out west with Wallace. Wallace, while on his way to visit his Aunt Fern, is captured by cowboys! Students will engage in activities that provide experiences with asking questions, visualizing, and determining importance. Wallace and his wild imagination make understanding text structure and synthesizing as fun as the cowboy tricks he learns on his adventure.

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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 Suffix -ly
  • 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
  • Asking Questions: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.5 RL.1.7 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8
  • Determining Importance: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.2 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 W.1.5 W.1.8
  • Synthesizing: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.2 RL.1.3 RL.1.4 RL.1.5 RL.1.6 RL.1.7 RL.1.9 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 W.1.5 W.1.8
  • Understanding Text Structure: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 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 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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    How I Spent My Summer Vacation Resource Set

    Asking Questions with How I Spent My Summer Vacation

    Because of Wallace’s wild imagination, students will naturally have plenty of questions about his cowboy summer vacation. Readers will use both the text and illustrations to ask and answer questions in order to gain a deeper understanding of this tall tale.
    Common Core Alignment:

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

    Determining Importance with How I Spent My Summer Vacation

    Mark Teague's simple story is an ideal anchor text for a mini lesson focused on determining importance. Use this lesson plan and set of student resources to help readers identify the most important characters, settings, and 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 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 W.1.5 W.1.8

    Synthesizing with How I Spent My Summer Vacation

    Synthesizing is an important higher level thinking skill that takes lots of practice. Use this mini lesson to model how readers can track the way a character changes over the course of a story. Students will determine whether Wallace’s character changes as a result of the events he encounters on his wrangling journey.
    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.1.4 RL.1.5 RL.1.6 RL.1.7 RL.1.9 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 W.1.5 W.1.8

    Understanding Text Structure with How I Spent My Summer Vacation

    This understanding text structure mini lesson and resource set introduces students to a variety of different text structures including description, sequencing, cause and effect, and problem and solution.
    Common Core Alignment:

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

    Visualizing with How I Spent My Summer Vacation

    Author and Illustrator, Mark Teague makes teaching the strategy of visualizing fun and exciting. Through his well thought out word choices and colorful, detailed pictures, students will enjoy making mental pictures in their mind, while extending their knowledge of both the strategy and story!
    Common Core Alignment:

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

    How I Spent My Summer Vacation 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.

    How I Spent My Summer Vacation Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of How I Spent My Summer Vacation. 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.

    How I Spent My Summer Vacation Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment

    Use this Common Core aligned comprehension assessment to evaluate students' comprehension of How I Spent My Summer Vacation.

    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 How I Spent My Summer Vacation by Mark Teague. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Super Pack for this book.

    How I Spent My Summer Vacation Word Work - Suffix -ly

    How I Spent My Summer Vacation is not only an excellent anchor text for teaching comprehension strategies, it also pairs well with a phonics lesson about suffix -ly. Either download the How I Spent My Summer Vacation 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

    How I Spent My Summer Vacation Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy How I Spent My Summer Vacation, it’s helpful to introduce words that might be new to readers. Either download the How I Spent My Summer Vacation 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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