The Happy Day Resource Set

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The Happy Day by Ruth Krauss

Ruth Krauss’s sweet and joyful story about the coming of Spring is sure to entertain every reader in your room. Black and white illustrations complement the simple story about curious woodland animals who wake from their winter’s sleep to a mysterious scent in the air. While reading this award-winning picture book, readers will gather clues to try to solve the intriguing mystery while practicing asking questions, determining importance, synthesizing, understanding text structure, and visualizing.

Teach with The Happy Day by Ruth Krauss

This resource set includes everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction

  • Comprehension Strategy Lesson Plans
  • Page by Page Guided Think Sheets
  • Text Based Reader’s Notebook Prompts
  • Word Work Lesson Plan and Activities for -ow Letter Combination
  • Interactive Vocabulary Games and Activities
  • Running Record Assessment
  • Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment
  • Extension Activities for Early Finishers
  • Answer Keys
  • Complete Common Core Alignment
  • and More!
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Common Core Alignment
  • Asking Questions: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.5 RL.1.7 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8
  • Determining Importance: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.2 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 W.1.5 W.1.8
  • Synthesizing: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.2 RL.1.3 RL.1.4 RL.1.5 RL.1.6 RL.1.7 RL.1.9 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 W.1.5 W.1.8
  • Understanding Text Structure: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.4 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8
  • Visualizing: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.10 RL.1.3 RL.1.4 RL.1.7 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8
  • Word Work: RF.1.3 RF.1.4
  • Vocabulary: L.1.4a L.1.5c L.1.6
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    The Happy Day Resource Set

    Asking Questions with The Happy Day

    Why would animals wake up, sniff, and run during the winter? Tap into your readers' natural curiosity with Ruth Krauss' The Happy Day paired with this mini lesson focused on asking questions.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.5 RL.1.7 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8

    Determining Importance with The Happy Day

    Something important is happening in The Happy Day by Ruth Krauss. Animals awake from their winter's sleep, sniff, and run. What could be causing this behavior? Readers will have fun picking up important clues as they anticipate a surprise ending.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.2 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 W.1.5 W.1.8

    Synthesizing with The Happy Day

    The limited text and award-winning illustrations in The Happy Day push readers to synthesize what they know about woodland creatures with the information presented in the text and illustrations. This mini lesson focused on synthesizing will help guide student thinking as they read.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.2 RL.1.3 RL.1.4 RL.1.5 RL.1.6 RL.1.7 RL.1.9 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 W.1.5 W.1.8

    Understanding Text Structure with The Happy Day

    What is causing all of the animals to leave their warm and cozy winter homes and run outside in the snow? Curious readers will wonder as they identify the text structure of cause and effect to reveal the answer.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.4 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8

    Visualizing with The Happy Day

    What is making the animals sniff and run? Readers are pulled into the story as they visualize different possibilities. Imagining themselves as part of the story will help readers comprehend the storyline and remember the bright ending.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.10 RL.1.3 RL.1.4 RL.1.7 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8

    The Happy Day 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 Happy Day Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of The Happy Day. 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 Happy Day Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment

    Use this Common Core aligned comprehension assessment to evaluate students' comprehension of The Happy Day.

    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 Happy Day by Ruth Krauss. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Super Pack for this book.

    The Happy Day Word Work -ow Letter Combination

    The Happy Day is not only an excellent anchor text for teaching comprehension strategies, but it also pairs well with a phonics lesson about -ow letter combination. Either download The Happy Day 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.1.3 RF.1.4

    The Happy Day Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy The Happy Day, it’s helpful to introduce words that might be new to readers. Either download the The Happy Day 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.1.4a L.1.5c L.1.6

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