Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato: An Irish Folktale Resource Set

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Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato: An Irish Folktale by Tomie dePaola

Jamie O’Rourke is the laziest man in all of Ireland. He’s too lazy to help his wife, too lazy to plant potatoes, and too lazy to solve his own problems. Thanks to a chance encounter with a leprechaun, Jamie is able to grow the biggest potato he has ever seen. But with a big potato comes even bigger problems. Students will enjoy learning how to use comprehension strategies while reading this fun Irish folktale that’s perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or any time of year.

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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 XX
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  • Running Record Assessment
  • Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment
  • Extension Activities for Early Finishers
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Common Core Alignment
  • Determining Importance: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Making Predictions: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.1 RL.2.10 RL.2.3 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Synthesizing: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.1 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.3 RL.2.4 RL.2.5 RL.2.6 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Understanding Text Structure: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.4 RL.2.5 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Visualizing: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Vocabulary: L.2.4a L.2.5a L.2.6
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    Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato: An Irish Folktale Resource Set

    Determining Importance with Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato: An Irish Folktale

    Learning to identify important characters and events while reading is an important skill for second grade readers to develop. Use this determining importance mini lesson to teach students why it's important to pay attention to character traits, actions, and the important lessons main characters learn while enjoying Tomie dePaola's classic Irish folktale.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    Making Predictions with Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato: An Irish Folktale

    Tomie dePaola's fanciful folktale about the laziest man in Ireland, a chance meeting with a leprechaun, and a gigantic potato gives readers lots of opportunities to practice making predictions while reading. The text-dependent questions included in this mini lesson make it easy for readers to stop and think about the text in order to make logical predictions about what might happen next.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.1 RL.2.10 RL.2.3 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    Synthesizing with Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato: An Irish Folktale

    Synthesizing is all about paying attention to the way your understanding of a text changes as you read. This synthesizing mini lesson helps readers focus on the problems Jamie O'Rourke creates, how he solves his problems, and what happens when new problems arise. Use the step by step mini lesson and student practice pages to model how readers synthesize while reading this fun folktale that's perfect for St. Patrick's Day or any time of year.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.1 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.3 RL.2.4 RL.2.5 RL.2.6 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    Understanding Text Structure with Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato: An Irish Folktale

    Understanding how authors use different text structures to tell stories can be a tricky thing to teach. This mini lesson and set of activities make it easy to show students how Tomie dePaola used description, sequencing, problem and solution, compare and contrast, and cause and effect to tell the story of Jamie O'Rourke and his big potato.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.4 RL.2.5 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    Visualizing with Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato: An Irish Folktale

    Help readers practice visualizing to improve comprehension using this mini lesson and Tomie dePaola's Irish folktale. Students will enjoy finding words that help them bring the story to life inside of their imaginations. Complete with text-dependent questions, a student practice page, and a Reader's Notebook prompt, you'll have everything you need to teach readers how to visualize while reading Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato: An Irish Folktale 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.

    Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato: An Irish Folktale Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato: An Irish Folktale. 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.

    Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato: An Irish Folktale Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment

    Use this Common Core aligned comprehension assessment to evaluate students' comprehension of Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato: An Irish Folktale.

    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 Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato: An Irish Folktale by Tomi dePaola. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Super Pack for this book.

    Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato: An Irish Folktale Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato: An Irish Folktale, it’s helpful to introduce words that might be new to readers. Either download the Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato: An Irish Folktale 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.2.4a L.2.5a L.2.6

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