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  • Asking Questions: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.2 RL.4.4 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Making Connections: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.3 RL.4.6 SL.4.1c SL.4.2 W.4.8
  • 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.4.5 RL.4.6 RL.4.7 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Visualizing: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.3 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
  • Scarecrow Super Pack


    As gentle as a spring breeze, as warming as the summer sun, and as stirring as autumn scents, Scarecrow, penned by Cynthia Rylant, awakens us to an enlightened point of view. Created with discarded clothing and leftover buttons, a garden’s scarecrow quietly observes and enjoys the world around him. Through “long, slow thoughts”, deep wisdom to abide in contentment and peace is lovingly offered to the reader. Lauren Stringer’s moving acrylics bestow a comforting sense of serenity and fulfillment. Seeing through button eyes, children will learn appreciation for our bountiful and generous land.

    Get everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction using Scarecrow by Cynthia Rylant

    • Comprehension Strategy Lesson Plans
    • Page by Page Guided Think Sheets
    • Text Based Reader’s Notebook Prompts
    • Word Work Lesson Plan and Activities for Synonyms
    • 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 Scarecrow


    Use Cynthia Rylant's play on perspective in Scarecrow to show readers how to ask questions in order to uncover the deeper meaning of a story. This lesson plan and set of resources guides readers to ask meaningful questions, support their thinking with evidence from the text, and helps them to determine whether or not their questions will improve comprehension.
    L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.2 RL.4.4 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
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    Making Connections with Scarecrow


    Making connections is a skill most fourth grade readers should be able to use well. Use this lesson plan and set of resources to remind readers how important meaningful connections can be for overall comprehension.
    L.4.6 RF.4.3 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.3 RL.4.6 SL.4.1c SL.4.2 W.4.8
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    Making Inferences with Scarecrow


    Making inferences is a complicated comprehension strategy. Use the simple story found within the pages of Scarecrow to show readers how to read between the lines. In doing so, readers will uncover a deeper message and gain a better understanding of how inferring can improve comprehension.
    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 Scarecrow


    It turns out a scarecrow is not all that meets the eye. In fact, scarecrows are very special creatures. Help students to synthesize and become more metacognitive by showing them how to track the ways in which their thinking about the scarecrow changes across throughout the story.
    L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.2 RL.4.3 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 Scarecrow


    Cynthia Rylant's use of imagery and poetic language provide an ideal opportunity for readers to practice visualizing. Use this lesson plan and set of resources to help readers attend to the descriptive language in order to from strong mental images and improve their comprehension of Scarecrow.
    L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.3 RL.4.7 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
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    Scarecrow 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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    Scarecrow Running Record


    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Scarecrow. 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 Scarecrow by Cynthia Rylant. 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.

    Scarecrow Word Work - Synonyms


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

    Scarecrow Vocabulary Connections


    Your students will enhance their enjoyment and understanding of Scarecrow 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.
    L.4.4a L.4.5c L.4.6
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