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  • Asking Questions: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.4 RL.4.6 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Determining Importance: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.2 RL.4.3 RL.4.4 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Identifying the Author's Purpose: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.10 RL.4.2 RL.4.3 RL.4.6 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Making Inferences: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.3 RL.4.4 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Synthesizing: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.2 RL.4.3 RL.4.4 RL.4.5 RL.4.6 RL.4.7 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Word Work: RF.4.3 RF.4.4
  • Vocabulary: L.4.4a L.4.5c L.4.6
  • Pink and Say Super Pack


    In this serious historical fiction book, a young union soldier named Sheldon, or Say, is injured in a fierce battle and left for dead. Pinkus, another young union soldier, rescues him from a Georgia field and takes him to his mother’s home in Confederate territory to heal. The emotional themes of slavery, war and compassion support key comprehension strategy lessons as well as sophisticated lessons on identifying the author’s purpose, determining importance and synthesizing.

    Get everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction using Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco

    • Comprehension Strategy Lesson Plans
    • Page by Page Guided Think Sheets
    • Text Based Reader’s Notebook Prompts
    • Word Work Lesson Plan and Activities for Ambiguous Vowels
    • Interactive Vocabulary Games and Activities
    • Running Record Assessment
    • Extension Activities for Early Finishers
    • Answer Keys
    • Complete Common Core Alignment
    • and More!
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    Comprehension Strategy Resources

    All comprehension strategy packs come complete with a step by step strategy lesson plan, guided page by page think sheet, answer key, text based reader's notebook prompt, and complete common core alignment

    Asking Questions with Pink and Say


    Pink and Say is a historical fiction book set during the Civil War. Your students will naturally ask questions about this time in our nation’s history. The seemingly impossible friendship depicted in this story between two young soldiers will also spark your students’ natural curiosity.
    L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.4 RL.4.6 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
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    Determining Importance with Pink and Say


    Pink and Say is a profound story offering readers advanced practice in determining importance. Readers will need to start by determining their purpose for reading the book and then determine which information is most important to remember based on their purpose for reading.
    L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.2 RL.4.3 RL.4.4 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
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    Identifying the Author’s Purpose with Pink and Say


    This book presents several strong themes, including war, friendship, slavery and heroism. Advanced readers will be able to identify messages within this story and support each message with evidence from the text.
    L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.10 RL.4.2 RL.4.3 RL.4.6 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
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    Making Inferences with Pink and Say


    This book works well for supporting advanced readers who are learning to make more sophisticated inferences. Readers will need to use what they already know to make inferences about human emotion and the circumstances of war during this time period.
    L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.3 RL.4.4 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
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    Synthesizing with Pink and Say


    Using this text and lesson plan, students will demonstrate effective application of prior knowledge and multiple reading strategies to draw out the full meaning and impact of this emotional story.
    L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.2 RL.4.3 RL.4.4 RL.4.5 RL.4.6 RL.4.7 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
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    Visualizing with Pink and Say


    If your students are ready to practice higher-level visualizing using a more advanced text, Pink and Say is an ideal resource for you. The author writes strong textual descriptions of scene, action and emotion. As readers become more advanced, they will begin to use inferential thinking to create strong mental images.
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    Pink and Say 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.
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    Pink and Say Running Record


    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Pink and Say. 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.
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    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 Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Super Pack for this book.
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    Word Work

    A step by step lesson plan, interactive activity, and set of resources to help students learn about words in the context of their reading. Each package helps readers practice naming, noticing, and using specific words parts and patterns.

    Pink and Say Word Work - Ambiguous Vowels


    Pink and Say is not only an excellent anchor text for teaching comprehension strategies, it also pairs well with a phonics lesson about ambiguous vowels. Either download the Pink and Say 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.
    RF.4.3 RF.4.4
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    Vocabulary Connections

    Each package includes a list of specific vocabulary words found within the book and a set of resources to help students build their vocabulary, practice using new words, and to become more aware of new vocabulary while working and reading independently.

    Pink and Say Vocabulary Connections


    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy Pink and Say, it’s helpful to review the new vocabulary used in the story. Either download the Pink and Say 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.
    L.4.4a L.4.5c L.4.6
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