Knots on a Counting Rope Resource Set

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Knots on a Counting Rope by Bill Martin Jr.

Knots on a Counting Rope is the poignant story of a young Navajo boy and his beloved grandfather. The grandfather tells the story of the boy’s birth and the ways the boy has learned to “see” things even though he is blind. This story is perfect for a lesson on visualizing and identifying author messages as well as asking questions and understanding text structure.

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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 Adjectives and Adverbs
  • Interactive Vocabulary Games and Activities
  • Running Record Assessment
  • Extension Activities for Early Finishers
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  • Complete Common Core Alignment
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Common Core Alignment
  • Asking Questions: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.1 RL.2.10 SL.2.1b SL.2.1c SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Identifying the Author's Purpose: 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 Inferences: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 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.2.3 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Word Work: RF.2.3 RF.2.4
  • Vocabulary: L.2.4a L.2.5a L.2.6
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    Asking Questions with Knots on a Counting Rope

    In Knots on a Counting Rope, the author intentionally holds back the fact that the boy is blind. This intentional omission will engage readers, encouraging them to look for clues in the text and illustrations to make inferences about the story.
    Common Core Alignment:

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

    Identifying the Author’s Purpose with Knots on a Counting Rope

    This lesson plan is an extraordinary resource for supporting a lesson on identifying broader messages within a story. The author of Knots on a Counting Rope presents complex messages about the passage of time, the ability to overcome a disability, and the importance of family and traditions.
    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 Inferences with Knots on a Counting Rope

    Knots on a Counting Rope is the perfect anchor text for a mini-lesson focused on making inferences. Use this lesson plan and set of resources to show students how to use clues in the text to better understand character relationships and key details in the text.
    Common Core Alignment:

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

    Understanding Text Structure with Knots on a Counting Rope

    Using Knots on a Counting Rope as an anchor text, readers will learn how to comprehend a text that incorporates more than one-character perspective. The story is told from both the boy’s perspective and the grandfather’s perspective. This book also relies heavily on its illustrations to enhance its meaning, and it introduces students to the purpose of the ellipsis (...) in text.
    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 Knots On a Counting Rope

    Knots on a Counting Rope is a uniquely perfect text to support readers as they learn to visualize while reading. The main character in the book is blind and, therefore, relies on his grandfather’s descriptive language to understand the world in which he lives. As they read through this story, students can use the grandfather’s descriptions to create their own mental images.
    Common Core Alignment:

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

    Knots on a Counting Rope 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.

    Knots on a Counting Rope Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Knots on a Counting Rope. 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.

    Knots on a Counting Rope Word Work - Adjectives and Adverbs

    If you use Knots on a Counting Rope as an anchor text for reading comprehension, you can take advantage of your students’ framework and directly tie in word study. This book is a good resource for teaching a phonics lesson about adjectives and adverbs. You can find these lesson plans, interactive games and fun worksheets in your Super Pack, or download the individual Word Work package now.
    Common Core Alignment:

    RF.2.3 RF.2.4

    Knots on a Counting Rope Vocabulary Connections

    Your students will enhance their enjoyment and understanding of Knots on a Counting Rope 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.2.4a L.2.5a L.2.6

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