Koala Lou Resource Set

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Koala Lou by Mem Fox

Koala Lou is loved by everyone, especially her mother. Life is perfect for Koala Lou, that is until her brothers and sisters arrive. Now, her mother doesn’t have as much time for her. And so, with hope in her heart, Koala Lou devises a plan. She enters the Bush Olympics and hopes to win both her mother’s attention and the prize medal. When paired with the BookPagez resources, Mem Fox’s highly relatable story will engage students while teaching comprehension strategies including determining importance, identifying the author’s purpose, making inferences, synthesizing, 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 Digraphs (-th and -sh)
  • 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
  • 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
  • Identifying the Author's Purpose: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.3 RL.2.6 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
  • Synthesizing: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.3 RL.2.4 RL.2.5 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
  • Word Work: RF.2.3 RF.2.4
  • Vocabulary: L.2.4a L.2.5a L.2.6
  • Determining Importance: 2.13C 2.13E 2.13G 2.1A 2.1C 2.1D 2.6A 2.6B 2.6E 2.6G 2.6I 2.7A 2.7B 2.7C 2.7D 2.7E 2.7F 2.8A 2.8C 2.9C
  • Identifying the Author's Purpose: 2.10A 2.10B 2.10C 2.13C 2.13E 2.13G 2.1A 2.1C 2.1D 2.6A 2.6E 2.6I 2.7A 2.7B 2.7C 2.7D 2.7E 2.7F 2.8C 2.9C
  • Making Inferences: 2.13C 2.13E 2.13G 2.1A 2.1C 2.1D 2.6A 2.6E 2.6F 2.6I 2.7B 2.7C 2.7D 2.7E 2.7F 2.8B 2.8C
  • Synthesizing: 2.13C 2.13E 2.13G 2.1A 2.1C 2.1D 2.6A 2.6B 2.6H 2.6I 2.7B 2.7C 2.7D 2.7E 2.7F 2.8C 2.9C
  • Understanding Text Structure: 2.10B 2.10C 2.13C 2.13E 2.13G 2.1A 2.1C 2.1D 2.6A 2.6I 2.7B 2.7C 2.7D 2.7E 2.7F 2.8C 2.9C
  • Word Work: 2.2A(iv) 2.2B(iii) 2.2C(i)
  • Vocabulary: 2.3A 2.3B 2.3D 2.7E 2.7F
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    Koala Lou Resource Set

    Determining Importance with Koala Lou

    Good readers know how to determine the most important details in a story. As students enjoy Koala Lou, they’ll also gain valuable practice in determining which parts matter most in the story.
    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
    TEKS Alignment:

    2.13C 2.13E 2.13G 2.1A 2.1C 2.1D 2.6A 2.6B 2.6E 2.6G 2.6I 2.7A 2.7B 2.7C 2.7D 2.7E 2.7F 2.8A 2.8C 2.9C

    Identifying the Author's Purpose with Koala Lou

    Good authors are intentional in their choices when writing, and good readers know to look for clues to understand the author’s purpose in making those choices. In this mini-lesson, students are prompted to identify and consider Mem Fox's writing choices throughout the story.
    Common Core Alignment:

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

    2.10A 2.10B 2.10C 2.13C 2.13E 2.13G 2.1A 2.1C 2.1D 2.6A 2.6E 2.6I 2.7A 2.7B 2.7C 2.7D 2.7E 2.7F 2.8C 2.9C

    Making Inferences with Koala Lou

    This story of unconditional family love is a perfect fit for teaching the critical thinking skill of making inferences. By pairing Koala Lou with the BookPagez resources, students will practice considering clues and reading between the lines to draw and defend their own conclusions about the characters and events in the book.
    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
    TEKS Alignment:

    2.13C 2.13E 2.13G 2.1A 2.1C 2.1D 2.6A 2.6E 2.6F 2.6I 2.7B 2.7C 2.7D 2.7E 2.7F 2.8B 2.8C

    Synthesizing with Koala Lou

    In this synthesizing mini-lesson, students are given opportunities to reflect on how their understanding of the characters in Koala Lou evolve. Student understanding and comprehension will deepen as they practice ‘thinking about their thinking.’
    Common Core Alignment:

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

    2.13C 2.13E 2.13G 2.1A 2.1C 2.1D 2.6A 2.6B 2.6H 2.6I 2.7B 2.7C 2.7D 2.7E 2.7F 2.8C 2.9C

    Understanding Text Structure with Koala Lou

    A variety of text structures are used in Koala Lou including compare and contrast, description, sequence, and more. By paring the text with the BookPagez resources, students will gain valuable practice identifying and working with examples of each in this mini-lesson.
    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
    TEKS Alignment:

    2.10B 2.10C 2.13C 2.13E 2.13G 2.1A 2.1C 2.1D 2.6A 2.6I 2.7B 2.7C 2.7D 2.7E 2.7F 2.8C 2.9C

    Koala Lou 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.

    Koala Lou Running Record

    Use this Running Record to assess oral reading fluency with Koala Lou. 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.

    Koala Lou Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment

    Use this Common Core aligned comprehension assessment to evaluate students' comprehension of Koala Lou.

    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 Koala Lou by Mem Fox. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Super Pack for this book.

    Koala Lou Word Work - Digraphs

    This word work lesson plan and set of teaching resources use Koala Lou by Mem Fox as a springboard for instruction focused on digraphs.

    By anchoring word study to the text, students will benefit from seeing how -th and -sh digraphs are used inside of the text before engaging in both guided and independent practice with words.

    Common Core Alignment:

    RF.2.3 RF.2.4
    TEKS Alignment:

    2.2A(iv) 2.2B(iii) 2.2C(i)

    Koala Lou Vocabulary Connections

    This set of vocabulary development resources for Koala Lou highlights the words that are most important for students to know and understand while reading the book.  Through engaging in fun word games, matching words to definitions and pictures, and practicing how to categorize words, students will develop the vocabulary necessary to comprehend this story and many others.

    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.4a L.2.5a L.2.6
    TEKS Alignment:

    2.3A 2.3B 2.3D 2.7E 2.7F

    TEKS Alignment

    Complete TEKS alignment for all of the mini lessons, resources, and activities in the Koala Lou Resource Set.

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