School’s First Day of School Resource Set

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School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex

It’s time for a new school year to begin and everyone is nervous – even the school itself. Told from the perspective of Frederick Douglass Elementary, this back to school read aloud by Adam Rex offers a new perspective on a familiar story. Use this delightful text and paired resource set to engage students and improve comprehension by making inferences, synthesizing, understanding text structure, asking questions, and retelling and summarizing.

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  • Comprehension Strategy Lesson Plans
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  • Text Based Reader’s Notebook Prompts
  • Word Work Lesson Plan and Activities for Contractions
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  • Running Record Assessment
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CCSS Alignment
TEKS Alignment
  • Asking Questions: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.3 RL.3.4 SL.3.1c SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Making Inferences: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.3 RL.3.4 RL.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 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.2 RL.3.4 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Synthesizing: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.2 RL.3.3 RL.3.4 RL.3.5 RL.3.6 RL.3.7 SL.3.1c SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Understanding Text Structure: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.10 RL.3.5 RL.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
  • Asking Questions: 3.13A 3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6B 3.6I 3.7B 3.7C 3.7D 3.7E 3.7F 3.7G 3.8C 3.9C
  • Making Inferences: 3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6B 3.6F 3.6I 3.7A 3.7B 3.7C 3.7D 3.7E 3.7F 3.7G 3.8C
  • Retelling & Summarizing: 3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6G 3.6I 3.7B 3.7C 3.7D 3.7E 3.7F 3.7G 3.8B 3.8C 3.8D
  • Synthesizing: 3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6G 3.6H 3.6I 3.7B 3.7C 3.7D 3.7E 3.7F 3.7G 3.8C 3.8D
  • Understanding Text Structure: 3.10B 3.10C 3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6H 3.6I 3.7B 3.7C 3.7E 3.7F 3.8C 3.9E(iii)
  • Word Work: 3.2A(iii) 3.2B(iii)
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    School’s First Day of School Resource Set

    Asking Questions with School's First Day of School

    Asking questions before, during, and after reading will improve comprehension of Adam Rex's School's First Day of School for readers. This story is perfect for an asking questions mini lesson because the array of emotions felt by both the students and the school will engage natural curiosity.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.3 RL.3.4 SL.3.1c SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    3.13A 3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6B 3.6I 3.7B 3.7C 3.7D 3.7E 3.7F 3.7G 3.8C 3.9C

    Making Inferences with School's First Day of School

    Use student emotions related to the first day of school as a springboard for a making inferences mini lesson. When reading School's First Day of School by Adam Rex, students will be prompted to gather clues from the illustrations and text to determine what the author is saying "between the lines".
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.3 RL.3.4 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6B 3.6F 3.6I 3.7A 3.7B 3.7C 3.7D 3.7E 3.7F 3.7G 3.8C

    Retelling and Summarizing with School's First Day of School

    With a clear beginning, middle, and ending, School's First Day of School is perfect for helping students practice retelling and summarizing. This focused mini lesson encourages readers to understand the school’s problem and how it is resolved in the end.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.2 RL.3.4 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6G 3.6I 3.7B 3.7C 3.7D 3.7E 3.7F 3.7G 3.8B 3.8C 3.8D

    Synthesizing with School's First Day of School

    When reading Adam Rex's School's First Day of School, students will notice that the school’s feelings about having children come to him change throughout the story. Use this synthesizing mini lesson to teach students how to pick up clues about what is causing the main character’s change of heart from beginning to end.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.2 RL.3.3 RL.3.4 RL.3.5 RL.3.6 RL.3.7 SL.3.1c SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6G 3.6H 3.6I 3.7B 3.7C 3.7D 3.7E 3.7F 3.7G 3.8C 3.8D

    Understanding Text Structure with School's First Day of School

    Adam Rex uses problem/solution, cause and effect, and compare and contrast text structures throughout School's First Day of School. Identifying and thinking about these varying text structures will help students understand how different text structures aid their comprehension of the story.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.10 RL.3.5 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    3.10B 3.10C 3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6H 3.6I 3.7B 3.7C 3.7E 3.7F 3.8C 3.9E(iii)

    School's First Day of School 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.

    School's First Day of School Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of School's First Day of School. 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.

    School's First Day of School Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment

    Use this Common Core aligned comprehension assessment to evaluate students' comprehension of School's First Day of School.

    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 School's First Day of School by Adam Rex. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Super Pack for this book.

    School's First Day of School Word Work - Contractions

    If you use School's First Day of School as an anchor text for reading comprehension, you can take advantage of your students’ framework and directly tie in words study as well. This book is a good resource for teaching contractions. 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.3.3 RF.3.4
    TEKS Alignment:

    3.2A(iii) 3.2B(iii)

    School's First Day of School Vocabulary Connections

    Your students will enhance their enjoyment and understanding of School's First Day of School 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.3.4a L.3.5b L.3.6

    TEKS Alignment

    Complete TEKS alignment for all of the mini lessons, resources, and activities in the School's First Day of School Resource Set.

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