Joseph Had a Little Overcoat Resource Set

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Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback

This Caldecott Honor book is based on the author’s favorite childhood song.

It tells the story of Joseph who had a little overcoat, but it got old and worn… so he turned it into a jacket! His jacket got old and worn, so Joseph turned it into a vest. And so the story goes until Joseph turns a scrap of his coat into a button.

The engaging illustrations, sneak peek cutouts, and repetitive text make this a perfect anchor text for readers who are working to improve their comprehension, want to explore the way compound words work, and who enjoy writing about the books they read.

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Get everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction using Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback

  • Comprehension Strategy Lesson Plans
  • Page by Page Guided Think Sheets
  • Text Based Reader’s Notebook Prompts
  • Word Work Lesson Plan and Activities for Compound Words
  • 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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CCSS Alignment
TEKS Alignment
  • Asking Questions: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 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
  • Identifying the Author's Purpose: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.10 RL.1.2 RL.1.6 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 W.1.5 W.1.8
  • Making Connections: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.4 RL.1.9 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8
  • Making Predictions: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.7 RL.1.9 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 W.1.5 W.1.8
  • Word Work: RF.1.3 RF.1.4
  • Vocabulary: L.1.4a L.1.5c L.1.6
  • Asking Questions: 1.10E 1.13A 1.13D 1.13E 1.1A 1.1C 1.1D 1.6A 1.6B 1.6E 1.6I 1.7B 1.7C 1.7D 1.7E 1.7F 1.8B 1.8C
  • Determining Importance: 1.10A 1.10E 1.13D 1.13E 1.1A 1.1C 1.1D 1.6A 1.6E 1.6G 1.6I 1.7B 1.7C 1.7D 1.7E 1.7F 1.8A 1.8B 1.8C 1.9C
  • Identifying the Author's Purpose: 1.10A 1.10B 1.10C 1.10E 1.13D 1.13E 1.1A 1.1C 1.1D 1.6A 1.6E 1.6G 1.6I 1.7B 1.7C 1.7D 1.7E 1.7F 1.8A 1.8B 1.8C
  • Making Connections: 1.10E 1.13A 1.13D 1.13E 1.1A 1.1C 1.1D 1.6A 1.6E 1.6I 1.7A 1.7B 1.7C 1.7D 1.7E 1.7F 1.8B 1.8C
  • Making Predictions: 1.10B 1.10C 1.10E 1.13D 1.13E 1.1A 1.1C 1.1D 1.6A 1.6C 1.6E 1.6I 1.7B 1.7C 1.7D 1.7E 1.7F 1.8B 1.8C 1.9C
  • Word Work: 1.2B(i) 1.2B(ii) 1.2B(iv) 2.2B(iii)
  • Vocabulary: 1.3A 1.3B 1.3C 1.3D 1.7F
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    Joseph Had a Little Overcoat Resource Set

    Asking Questions with Joseph Had a Little Overcoat

    With each new article of clothing that Joseph creates from his old, worn overcoat, readers will learn a little more about him. Pair this asking questions mini lesson with Simms Taback's Joseph Had a Little Overcoat to encourage readers to pause and wonder about Joseph as they read the story.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    1.10E 1.13A 1.13D 1.13E 1.1A 1.1C 1.1D 1.6A 1.6B 1.6E 1.6I 1.7B 1.7C 1.7D 1.7E 1.7F 1.8B 1.8C

    Determining Importance with Joseph Had a Little Overcoat

    As readers learn about Joseph from the things he makes, the places he visits, and the illustrations of his home, they will have to sort through the details to determine which ones are most important to the story. This set of resource will guide readers through thinking about which details they learn about Joseph are the most important to remember.
    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
    TEKS Alignment:

    1.10A 1.10E 1.13D 1.13E 1.1A 1.1C 1.1D 1.6A 1.6E 1.6G 1.6I 1.7B 1.7C 1.7D 1.7E 1.7F 1.8A 1.8B 1.8C 1.9C

    Identifying the Author's Purpose with Joseph Had a Little Overcoat

    Simms Taback is both the author and illustrator of Joseph Had a Little Overcoat. Although the text is repetitive, readers will be able to practice identifying the author's purpose for including many details in the illustrations. This mini lesson provides perfect prompts for students to use while they think about why the author and illustrator may have included specific details in the story.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.10 RL.1.2 RL.1.6 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 W.1.5 W.1.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    1.10A 1.10B 1.10C 1.10E 1.13D 1.13E 1.1A 1.1C 1.1D 1.6A 1.6E 1.6G 1.6I 1.7B 1.7C 1.7D 1.7E 1.7F 1.8A 1.8B 1.8C

    Making Connections with Joseph Had a Little Overcoat

    The ability for readers to make connections with the text is a skill that leads to improved comprehension. Seeing how the things that Joseph does are mirrored in other stories, in their daily lives, and in the world around them is easy with this making connections mini lesson and Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.4 RL.1.9 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    1.10E 1.13A 1.13D 1.13E 1.1A 1.1C 1.1D 1.6A 1.6E 1.6I 1.7A 1.7B 1.7C 1.7D 1.7E 1.7F 1.8B 1.8C

    Making Predictions with Joseph Had a Little Overcoat

    Readers will enjoy discovering that the cutouts on each page outline the item that Joseph will make next in Simms Taback's Joseph Had a Little Overcoat. Guide students in making and checking their predictions with this ready-to-use mini lesson and resource set.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.7 RL.1.9 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 W.1.5 W.1.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    1.10B 1.10C 1.10E 1.13D 1.13E 1.1A 1.1C 1.1D 1.6A 1.6C 1.6E 1.6I 1.7B 1.7C 1.7D 1.7E 1.7F 1.8B 1.8C 1.9C

    Joseph Had a Little Overcoat 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.

    Joseph Had a Little Overcoat Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Joseph Had a Little Overcoat. 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.

    Joseph Had a Little Overcoat Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment

    Use this Common Core aligned comprehension assessment to evaluate students' comprehension of Joseph Had a Little Overcoat.

    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 Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Super Pack for this book.

    Joseph Had a Little Overcoat Word Work - Compound Words

    Make classroom reading time even more productive by using Joseph Had a Little Overcoat to teach word study. This book is an excellent resource for teaching a phonics lesson about compound words. 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.
    Common Core Alignment:

    RF.1.3 RF.1.4
    TEKS Alignment:

    1.2B(i) 1.2B(ii) 1.2B(iv) 2.2B(iii)

    Joseph Had a Little Overcoat Vocabulary Connections

    Your students will enhance their enjoyment and understanding of Joseph Had a Little Overcoat if they’re prepared for new vocabulary introduced in this text. And this classroom-ready Vocabulary Builder has everything you need. Download the individual Vocabulary Builder or the Super Pack for fun, productive activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.1.4a L.1.5c L.1.6
    TEKS Alignment:

    1.3A 1.3B 1.3C 1.3D 1.7F

    TEKS Alignment

    Complete TEKS alignment for all of the mini lessons, resources, and activities in the Joseph Had a Little Overcoat Resource Set.

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