The Giving Tree Resource Set

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The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Beloved for generations, the parable of The Giving Tree gives young readers ample opportunity to think deeply about the author’s broader reasons for writing this story. The simplicity of the characters and events also make this text a good fit for supporting lessons on retelling and summarizing, and making inferences.

Teach with The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Get everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction using The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

  • Comprehension Strategy Lesson Plans
  • Page by Page Guided Think Sheets
  • Text Based Reader’s Notebook Prompts
  • Word Work Lesson Plan and Activities for Consonant Blends
  • Interactive Vocabulary Games and Activities
  • Running Record Assessment
  • Extension Activities for Early Finishers
  • Answer Keys
  • Complete Common Core Alignment
  • and More!
The Giving Tree Lesson Plans, Resources, and Activities
Common Core Alignment
  • Identifying the Author's Purpose: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.6 RL.2.7 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.2.6 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Retelling & Summarizing: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 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
  • Word Work: RF.2.3 RF.2.4
  • Vocabulary: L.2.4a L.2.5a L.2.6
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    The Giving Tree Resource Set

    Identifying the Author’s Purpose with The Giving Tree

    Though the author’s message in The Giving Tree is not clearly stated, young readers will be able to interpret and discuss the various messages they identify through the emotional connections they make with the book.
    Common Core Alignment:

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

    Making Inferences with The Giving Tree

    This book and lesson plan work well for showing students how making inferences can enhance comprehension. Even though “the tree is happy,” readers will need to connect to their own emotions in order to infer what else the tender Giving Tree might be feeling.
    Common Core Alignment:

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

    Retelling and Summarizing with The Giving Tree

    The Giving Tree is ideal for readers who are beginning to practice retelling and summarizing to deepen their understanding of a text. It’s simple for readers to identify the characters, events, problem and conclusion, and the illustrations clearly match up with the events in the story.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 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

    The Giving Tree 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.

    The Giving Tree Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of The Giving Tree. 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.

    The Giving Tree Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment

    Use this Common Core aligned comprehension assessment to evaluate students' comprehension of The Giving Tree.

    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 The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Super Pack for this book.

    The Giving Tree Word Work - Consonant Blends

    Make classroom reading time even more productive by using The Giving Tree to teach word study. This book is an excellent resource for teaching a phonics lesson about consonant blends. 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.2.3 RF.2.4

    The Giving Tree Vocabulary Connections

    Are your students familiar with new vocabulary used in The Giving Tree? 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.2.4a L.2.5a L.2.6

    TEKS Alignment

    Complete TEKS alignment for all of the mini lessons, resources, and activities in the The Giving Tree Resource Set.

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