Thank You, Mr. Falker Resource Set

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Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco

Thank You, Mr. Falker is the story of a young girl named Trisha who can hardly wait to start school. She excels at many things, but when she tries to read, she only sees a jumbled mess of letters. Just when she starts to believe she’s as dumb as her classmates say, Trisha meets an exceptional teacher who refuses to let her fail. This uplifting story is perfect for introductory lessons on identifying author messages and synthesizing. It also supports practice in making connections, visualizing and making inferences.

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  • Comprehension Strategy Lesson Plans
  • Page by Page Guided Think Sheets
  • Text Based Reader’s Notebook Prompts
  • Word Work Lesson Plan and Activities for /-ing/ and /-ed / Suffixes
  • 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
  • Identifying the Author's Purpose: 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 Connections: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.9 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Making Inferences: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.3 RL.2.6 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Synthesizing: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.1 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.3 RL.2.4 RL.2.5 RL.2.6 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Visualizing: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.3 RL.2.7 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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    Thank You, Mr. Falker Resource Set

    Identifying the Author’s Purpose With Thank You, Mr. Falker

    As they read this book, students will easily pick up on the author’s broader purpose for writing it. They will enjoy connecting to the text and identifying the specific parts of the story that support the positive outcome.
    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 Connections with Thank You, Mr. Falker

    Thank You, Mr. Falker works well for supporting readers who need additional practice making connections to further their understanding of a theme. Readers will be able to apply prior knowledge and their own past experiences to make connections to Trisha and her struggle to read and do well in school.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.9 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    Making Inferences with Thank You, Mr. Falker

    The author of Thank You, Mr. Falker supplies detailed descriptions about the setting and emotions in this story. Using this lesson plan, readers will practice identifying words and descriptions that help them infer the specific feelings and thoughts of the main character.
    Common Core Alignment:

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

    Synthesizing with Thank You, Mr. Falker

    This text is longer than most picture books, which makes it a good resource for early lessons on synthesizing. Readers will demonstrate different strategies to sustain their comprehension throughout this text, and this lesson plan will help them recognize which strategies they are applying at specific points in the story.
    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.2.4 RL.2.5 RL.2.6 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    Visualizing with Thank You, Mr. Falker

    This book is an excellent resource for helping students practice visualizing emotion. The author uses a great deal of descriptive language to express Trisha’s problem and frustrations. Readers will be able to visualize Trisha’s emotions by connecting to feelings they’ve had at a time when they’ve struggled.
    Common Core Alignment:

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

    Thank You, Mr. Falker 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.

    Thank You, Mr. Falker Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Thank You, Mr. Falker. 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.

    Thank You, Mr. Falker Word Work - /-ing/ and /-ed / Suffixes

    If you use Thank You, Mr. Falker 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 -ing and -ed suffixes. 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.2.3 RF.2.4

    Thank You, Mr. Falker Vocabulary Connections

    Your students will enhance their enjoyment and understanding of Thank You, Mr. Falker 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.2.4a L.2.5a L.2.6

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