Strega Nona Resource Set

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Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola

Tomie de Paola’s predictable story will have children giggling as they think about what outrageous events can happen when magic is misused. The text structure and illustrations support students’ use of comprehension strategies in order to synthesize the character’s feelings in different situations throughout the story.

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  • Text Based Reader’s Notebook Prompts
  • Word Work Lesson Plan and Activities for Short Vowels
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  • Running Record Assessment
  • Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment
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  • Complete Common Core Alignment
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Common Core Alignment
  • Asking Questions: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 SL.2.1b SL.2.1c SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Determining Importance: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Making Predictions: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.1 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.3 SL.1.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Retelling & Summarizing: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.1 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.3 RL.2.5 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Understanding Text Structure: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.4 RL.2.5 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Word Work: RF.2.3 RF.2.4
  • Vocabulary: L.2.4a L.2.5a L.2.6
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    Strega Nona Resource Set

    Asking Questions with Strega Nona

    Children will begin asking questions as soon as they open Tomie de Paola's delightful book. The illustrations and silly circumstances compel readers to wonder about the character’s intentions throughout the story.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 SL.2.1b SL.2.1c SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    Determining Importance with Strega Nona

    The important events in “Strega Nona” are clearly mapped out, making this the perfect book for practicing determining importance. Determining key events and characters will help children remember the story of Big Anthony, Strega Nona, and the magic pot.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    Making Predictions with Strega Nona

    Use this lesson plan and set of resources to show readers how to make predictions while reading Strega Nona. Children will have fun predicting the trouble Big Anthony causes with a magic pot that won’t stop making pasta.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.1 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.3 SL.1.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    Retelling and Summarizing with Strega Nona

    Strega Nona is the perfect springboard for a mini lesson focused on retelling and summarizing. Engaging illustrations that enrich the text will support children as they identify the most important story elements in order to summarize this timeless plot.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.1 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.3 RL.2.5 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    Understanding Text Structure with Strega Nona

    Use this resource set to teach students about text structures. Tomie dePaola uses different text structures to tell the story of what could happen when you don’t listen. Children will anticipate a solution to the problem, and they will enjoy the amusing ending.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.4 RL.2.5 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    Strega Nona 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.

    Strega Nona Running Record

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

    Strega Nona Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment

    Use this Common Core aligned comprehension assessment to evaluate students' comprehension of Strega Nona.

    Strega Nona Word Work - Short Vowels

    Strega Nona is not only an excellent anchor text for teaching comprehension strategies, it also pairs well with a phonics lesson about short vowels. Either download the Strega Nona 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.
    Common Core Alignment:

    RF.2.3 RF.2.4

    Strega Nona Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy Strega Nona, it’s helpful to introduce words that might be new to readers. Either download the Strega Nona 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.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.4a L.2.5a L.2.6

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