Scarecrow Resource Set

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Scarecrow by Cynthia Rylant

Cynthia Rylant’s poetic narrative provides readers with a glimpse into what life as a scarecrow is like. Created with discarded clothing and leftover buttons, a garden’s scarecrow quietly observes and enjoys the world around him. He spends his day thinking long, slow thoughts and cultivating deep wisdom. Lauren Stringer’s warm acrylics compliment the narrative, making it easy for readers to actively engage with the text while practicing a variety of comprehension strategies.

Teach with Scarecrow by Cynthia Rylant

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
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Common Core Alignment
  • 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
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    Scarecrow Resource Set

    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.
    Common Core Alignment:

    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 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.
    Common Core Alignment:

    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 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.
    Common Core Alignment:

    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 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.
    Common Core Alignment:

    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 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.
    Common Core Alignment:

    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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.
    Common Core Alignment:

    RF.4.3 RF.4.4

    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.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.4.4a L.4.5c L.4.6

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