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  • Asking Questions: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.4 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Identifying the Author's Purpose: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.10 RL.4.2 RL.4.6 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Making Connections: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.3 RL.4.6 SL.4.1c SL.4.2 W.4.8
  • Making Inferences: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.2 RL.4.3 RL.4.4 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Synthesizing: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.2 RL.4.3 RL.4.4 RL.4.5 RL.4.6 RL.4.7 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • John Henry Super Pack


    This Caldecott Honor illustrated version of the “John Henry” ballad tells the story of John Henry’s amazing life and death. The story begins with a fantastical description of John Henry’s birth then moves on to outline the events of his life. Full of vivid imagery and striking illustrations, this picture book makes an ideal anchor text for mini lessons focused on asking questions, making connections, making inferences, synthesizing, and identifying author’s purpose.

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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 Rules of Adding -ed and -ing
  • Interactive Vocabulary Games and Activities
  • 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 John Henry


    When paired with this asking questions resource set, John Henry provides an opportunity for students to question events that happen within the story. Use the included set of text-based questions to help readers examine their questions to determine which events in the story are an exaggeration of real life.
    L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.4 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
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    Identifying the Author's Purpose with John Henry


    The story of John Henry presents readers with a variety of messages. Use this mini lesson and set of activities support students as they examine the details of the story to draw conclusions about the author’s message.
    L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.10 RL.4.2 RL.4.6 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
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    Making Connections with John Henry


    Challenge students to make connections between the ballad of John Henry and their prior knowledge or tall tales, legendary characters, and real-world events with this making connections resource set.
    L.4.6 RF.4.3 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.3 RL.4.6 SL.4.1c SL.4.2 W.4.8
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    Making Inferences with John Henry


    John Henry is an ideal anchor text for a mini lesson focused on making inferences. Through using this Caldecott Honor book with this resource set students will have the opportunity to make inferences about character motivation and word choice.
    L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.2 RL.4.3 RL.4.4 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
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    Synthesizing with John Henry


    Synthesizing text can be a difficult strategy for students to master. Use this mini lesson and set of resources to teach readers how to examine John Henry actions in the story in order to draw conclusions about his character.
    L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.2 RL.4.3 RL.4.4 RL.4.5 RL.4.6 RL.4.7 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
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    John Henry 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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    John Henry Running Record


    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of John Henry. 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.

    John Henry Word Work - Rules of Adding -ed and -ing


    John Henry is not only an excellent anchor text for teaching comprehension strategies, it also pairs well with a phonics lesson about rules of adding -ed and -ing to a word. Either download the John Henry 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.
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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.

    John Henry Vocabulary Connections


    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy John Henry, it’s helpful to introduce words that might be new to readers. Either download the John Henry 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.
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