Mailing May Resource Set

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Mailing May by Michael O. Tunnell

Set in 1914, this is the true story of a spunky little girl named May, who is so excited to visit her Grandma Mary. The problem is that Grandma Mary lives far away, and the train ticket costs as much as Pa makes in a day. Students will enjoy building comprehension skills like asking questions, determining importance, and visualizing, as they read to find out if Pa’s creative solution helps him keep his promise to May.

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Get everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction using Mailing May by Michael O. Tunnell

  • Comprehension Strategy Lesson Plans
  • Page by Page Guided Think Sheets
  • Text Based Reader’s Notebook Prompts
  • Word Work Lesson Plan and Activities for Suffix -er/-or
  • 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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Common Core Alignment
  • Asking Questions: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.1 RI.3.10 RI.3.4 SL.3.1c SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Determining Importance: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.10 RI.3.2 RI.3.4 RI.3.5 RI.3.6 RI.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Identifying the Author's Purpose: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.10 RI.3.2 RI.3.4 RI.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Retelling & Summarizing: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.10 RI.3.2 RI.3.4 RI.3.6 RI.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Visualizing: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.1 RI.3.10 RI.3.5 RI.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Word Work: RF.3.3 RF.3.4
  • Vocabulary: L.3.4a L.3.5b L.3.6
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    Mailing May Resource Set

    Asking Questions with Mailing May

    The curious storyline and time period of Mailing May by Michael O. Tunnell will naturally lead your readers to ask questions about this true story. This ready-to-use mini lesson will prompt students to use the text and illustrations to ask important questions as they read.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.1 RI.3.10 RI.3.4 SL.3.1c SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8

    Determining Importance with Mailing May

    When reading nonfiction, it is important for students to practice determining which pieces of information are the most important to remember. This determining importance mini lesson shows students where to pause and practice thinking about what they have learned while reading Michael O. Tunnell's Mailing May.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.10 RI.3.2 RI.3.4 RI.3.5 RI.3.6 RI.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8

    Identifying the Author's Purpose with Mailing May

    Thinking about why author Michael O. Tunnell included various details in Mailing May helps readers develop a deeper understanding of the text. This identifying the author's purpose mini lesson guides students through this important thought process.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.10 RI.3.2 RI.3.4 RI.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8

    Retelling and Summarizing with Mailing May

    When a student is able to retell and summarize a text in their own words, they are demonstrating a deeper understanding of the text. Students will be able to sharpen these skills using the true story presented in Mailing May by Michael O. Tunnell and this retelling and summarizing mini lesson.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.10 RI.3.2 RI.3.4 RI.3.6 RI.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8

    Visualizing with Mailing May

    Author Michael O. Tunnell incorporates both descriptive language and words that may be new for readers in the telling of the true story, Mailing May. This makes this book an excellent choice for a visualization mini lesson because students will have many opportunities to use the text to form mental images of the storyline and new vocabulary.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.1 RI.3.10 RI.3.5 RI.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8

    Mailing May 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.

    Mailing May Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Mailing May. 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.

    Mailing May Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment

    Use this Common Core aligned comprehension assessment to evaluate students' comprehension of Mailing May.

    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 Mailing May by Michael O. Tunnell. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Super Pack for this book.

    Mailing May Word Work - Suffix -er/-or

    Mailing May is not only an excellent anchor text for teaching comprehension strategies, but it also pairs well with a phonics lesson about the suffix -er/-or. Either download the Mailing May 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.3.3 RF.3.4

    Mailing May Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy Mailing May, it’s helpful to introduce words that might be new to readers. Either download the Mailing May 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.3.4a L.3.5b L.3.6

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