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  • Identifying the Author's Purpose: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.10 RL.3.2 RL.3.6 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.3.4 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Making Predictions: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.3 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.3.3 RL.3.4 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
  • Stellaluna Super Pack


    Stellaluna is a fruit bat who was separated from her mother after an owl attack. When she lands in a bird’s nest, she’s adopted by a family of birds under one condition–she must give up her bat habits and make an effort to fit in with her new family. Will Stellaluna ever see her mom again? Will she reclaim her bat-like characteristics? Students will enjoy making predictions throughout this exciting story, while also practicing retelling and summarizing, making inferences and identifying the author’s purpose.

    Get everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction using Stellaluna by Janell Cannon

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

    Identifying the Author’s Purpose with Stellaluna


    Stellaluna is full of messages about friendship, family and acceptance. This book and lesson plan are perfect for supporting advanced readers as they learn to identify multiple messages presented by one author in a story.
    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.10 RL.3.2 RL.3.6 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
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    Making Inferences with Stellaluna


    After a scary encounter with an owl, Stellaluna is left in a nest of birds, where she is adopted into a new family. To fully comprehend the meaning found in this story, readers will practice inferring character emotions using text and pictures clues.
    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.4 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
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    Making Predictions with Stellaluna


    This book is a smart choice for students who are learning to make logical predictions while reading. There are several action sequences in this book that present readers with many opportunities to anticipate the results and purpose of those events.
    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.3 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
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    Retelling and Summarizing with Stellaluna


    For more sophisticated readers, Stellaluna is an ideal book and lesson plan for practicing retelling and summarizing. Stellaluna offers readers an opportunity to identify key events and characters using a more advanced storyline and cast.
    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
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    Stellaluna 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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    Stellaluna Running Record


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

    Stellaluna Word Work - Long E Words


    Stellaluna is not only an excellent anchor text for teaching comprehension strategies, it also pairs well with a phonics lesson about long e words. Either download the Stellaluna 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.3.3 RF.3.4
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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.

    Stellaluna Vocabulary Connections


    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy Stellaluna, it’s helpful to review the new vocabulary used in the story. Either download the Stellaluna 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.3.4a L.3.5b L.3.6
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