Leo the Late Bloomer Resource Set

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Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus

Leo the Late Bloomer doesn’t do anything right – at least not yet. He is young and isn’t progressing as quickly as his father would like. However, his mother knows to be patient and give him the time he needs to bloom. Students will find encouragement in Robert Kraus’ message. The simple text and vibrant illustrations make this text for an ideal choice for mini lessons focused on making inferences, identifying the author’s purpose, understanding text structure, retelling and summarizing, and making connections.

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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 Inflectional Endings of Verbs:–ed and –ing
  • Interactive Vocabulary Games and Activities
  • Running Record Assessment
  • Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment
  • Extension Activities for Early Finishers
  • Answer Keys
  • Complete Common Core Alignment
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Common Core Alignment
  • 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.1.7 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 W.1.5 W.1.8
  • Making Inferences: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.2 RL.1.7 RL.1.9 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 W.1.5 W.1.8
  • Retelling & Summarizing: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.2 RL.1.3 RL.1.7 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8
  • Understanding Text Structure: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.2 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
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    Leo the Late Bloomer Resource Set

    Identifying the Author's Purpose with Leo the Late Bloomer

    Robert Kraus had a clear message to convey when he wrote Leo the Late Bloomer. Help your students determine the ways authors make their purpose for writing known to their readers with this effective lesson plan and collection of resources.
    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

    Making Connections with Leo the Late Bloomer

    It won’t take long for readers to discover connections between the main character and themselves in Leo the Late Bloomer. Use this text to help students to understand text-to-self, text-to-world, and text-to-text strategies with the accompanying lessons.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.4 RL.1.7 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 W.1.5 W.1.8

    Making Inferences with Leo the Late Bloomer

    Leo the Late Bloomer is an ideal book for supporting readers who are learning to make inferences. Most students have experienced the feeling of lagging behind in one area of life or another, so they will be able to empathize with Leo and infer how he is feeling throughout his journey.
    Common Core Alignment:

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

    Retelling and Summarizing with Leo the Late Bloomer

    Retelling and summarizing is a key skill for early readers to master. Leo the Late Bloomer offers students ample opportunity to practice retelling important details about the text. The small number of characters and clear problem and solution will enable students to feel confident in their ability to retell the story.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.2 RL.1.3 RL.1.7 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8

    Understanding Text Structure with Leo the Late Bloomer

    Leo the Late Bloomer is an ideal anchor text for teaching beginner readers about the text structures used in picture books. Readers will learn how to identify description, cause and effect, and problem and solution text structures by participating in this focused mini lesson.
    Common Core Alignment:

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

    Leo the Late Bloomer 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.

    Leo the Late Bloomer Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Leo the Late Bloomer. 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.

    Leo the Late Bloomer Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment

    Use this Common Core aligned comprehension assessment to evaluate students' comprehension of Leo the Late Bloomer.

    Leo the Late Bloomer Word Work - Inflectional Endings of Verbs

    Leo the Late Bloomer is not only an excellent anchor text for teaching comprehension strategies, it also pairs well with a phonics lesson about inflectional endings of verbs. Either download the Leo the Late Bloomer 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.
    Common Core Alignment:

    RF.1.3 RF.1.4

    Leo the Late Bloomer Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy Leo the Late Bloomer, it’s helpful to introduce words that might be new to readers. Either download the Leo the Late Bloomer 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.1.4a L.1.5c L.1.6

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