Sylvester and the Magic Pebble Resource Set

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Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig

Sylvester is a young burro who enjoys collecting unusual pebbles. One rainy day, he finds a magic pebble that can make wishes come true. Sylvester wishes many wishes, but one wish has unexpected consequences for Sylvester. This story is an excellent anchor text for teaching several comprehension strategies, including retelling and summarizing, making predictions and determining importance.

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  • Word Work Lesson Plan and Activities for Three-Syllable Words
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Common Core Alignment
  • Determining Importance: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.10 RL.3.2 RL.3.5 RL.3.6 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • 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 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.3.4 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.3.4 RL.3.5 RL.3.6 RL.3.7 SL.3.1c SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Visualizing: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 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
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    Sylvester and the Magic Pebble Resource Set

    Determining Importance with Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

    The level of detail present in this story makes it a good choice for readers who are learning to determine importance. Students will need to decide which events and details are most important to remember in order to retell and identify the author’s purpose.
    Common Core Alignment:

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

    Identifying the Author’s Purpose with Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

    This book is a smart choice for readers who are learning to identify the author’s purpose. As the story unfolds, readers will need to apply clues from the text to uncover messages about being careful what you wish for and about the far-reaching impact your actions can have on other people.
    Common Core Alignment:

    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 Predictions with Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

    When Sylvester discovers a magic pebble, he uses it to grant himself several wishes. But, one of his wishes puts him in an unexpected predicament. Readers will enjoy identifying problems throughout this story and predicting possible solutions for Sylvester.
    Common Core Alignment:

    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 and Summarizing with Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

    This book is perfect for supporting a lesson on retelling. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble has a very clear sequence of events and a limited cast of characters. Therefore, readers can focus on identifying the key events and supporting details to construct an accurate summary of this story.
    Common Core Alignment:

    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

    Synthesizing with Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

    This book and lesson plan are helpful resources for introducing students to the idea of synthesizing in order to fully comprehend a text. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble presents readers with rich detail, several opportunities to identify cause and effect, and multiple meaningful messages. This will require readers to identify and apply a variety of comprehension strategies to fully appreciate this story.
    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.3.5 RL.3.6 RL.3.7 SL.3.1c SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8

    Visualizing with Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

    The author of Sylvester and the Magic Pebble uses engaging, descriptive language, and the illustrator provides images that are based closely on the text. This is ideal for readers who are learning how visualizing can enhance their comprehension of a story.
    Common Core Alignment:

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

    Sylvester and the Magic Pebble 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.

    Sylvester and the Magic Pebble Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. 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.

    Sylvester and the Magic Pebble Word Work - Three-Syllable Words

    Make classroom reading time even more productive by using Sylvester and the Magic Pebble to teach word study. This book is an excellent resource for teaching a phonics lesson about three-syllable words. To access these classroom-ready lesson plans, interactive games and fun worksheets, download this individual Word Work package or look for them in your Super Pack.
    Common Core Alignment:

    RF.3.3 RF.3.4

    Sylvester and the Magic Pebble Vocabulary Connections

    Are your students familiar with new vocabulary used in Sylvester and the Magic Pebble? Download this Vocabulary Builder for fun resources and activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth. If you download this book’s Super Pack, these resources are all included.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.4a L.3.5b L.3.6

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