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  • Asking Questions: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.5 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8
  • Identifying the Author's Purpose: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.10 RL.1.2 RL.1.6 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 W.1.5 W.1.8
  • Making Connections: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.10 RL.1.4 RL.1.9 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8
  • Making Predictions: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.4 RL.1.7 RL.1.9 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 W.1.5 W.1.8
  • Retelling & Summarizing: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.2 RL.1.3 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
  • The Kissing Hand Super Pack


    Chester is preparing for his first day of school, but he’s nervous he will get homesick and miss his mother, friends and toys. Luckily, Chester’s very wise mother has a special idea that will give Chester the courage to go to school. Beginner readers will connect with Chester’s situation while they learn how retelling and summarizing, asking questions and making predictions while reading can improve their comprehension.

    Get everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction using The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

    • Comprehension Strategy Lesson Plans
    • Page by Page Guided Think Sheets
    • Text Based Reader’s Notebook Prompts
    • Word Work Lesson Plan and Activities for Words ending in “-ed”
    • Interactive Vocabulary Games and Activities
    • Running Record Assessment
    • Extension Activities for Early Finishers
    • Answer Keys
    • Complete Common Core Alignment
    • and More!
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    Comprehension Strategy Resources

    All comprehension strategy packs come complete with a step by step strategy lesson plan, guided page by page think sheet, answer key, text based reader's notebook prompt, and complete common core alignment

    Asking Questions with The Kissing Hand


    Because the text in this story encourages readers to wonder about how the main character might solve his problem, The Kissing Hand is a good fit for a lesson on asking questions.
    L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.5 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8
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    Identifying the Author’s Purpose with The Kissing Hand


    The Kissing Hand is helpful for introducing early readers to a lesson on identifying author's purpose. Readers at this level will easily recognize the themes of the first day of school, missing home and a parent’s reassurance.
    L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.10 RL.1.2 RL.1.6 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 W.1.5 W.1.8
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    Making Connections with The Kissing Hand


    This story is ideal for readers who are working to make text-to-self and text-to-text connections. Readers should be able to identify with the main character and his feelings about the first day of school. Likewise, readers will make connections to similar conflicts and resolutions they’ve read about in stories like First Day Jitters or Chrysanthemum.
    L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.10 RL.1.4 RL.1.9 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8
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    Making Predictions with The Kissing Hand


    Using The Kissing Hand as an anchor text, readers will be able to draw upon their own experiences on the first day of school to make logical predictions about the events and solutions facing the main character.
    L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.4 RL.1.7 RL.1.9 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 W.1.5 W.1.8
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    Retelling and Summarizing with The Kissing Hand


    The Kissing Hand is an excellent resource for beginner readers who are learning to retell to improve their comprehension. Readers can easily identify the problem and solution in the story. The characters and the sequence of events are also very clear, which will support the reader’s use of time-order words when retelling and summarizing.
    L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.2 RL.1.3 RL.1.7 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8
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    The Kissing Hand 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.
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    The Kissing Hand Running Record


    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of The Kissing Hand. 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.
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    Word Work

    A step by step lesson plan, interactive activity, and set of resources to help students learn about words in the context of their reading. Each package helps readers practice naming, noticing, and using specific words parts and patterns.

    The Kissing Hand Word Work - Words ending in "-ed"


    The Kissing Hand is not only an excellent anchor text for teaching comprehension strategies, it also pairs well with a phonics lesson about “ed” endings. Either download The Kissing Hand 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.
    RF.1.3 RF.1.4
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    Vocabulary Connections

    Each package includes a list of specific vocabulary words found within the book and a set of resources to help students build their vocabulary, practice using new words, and to become more aware of new vocabulary while working and reading independently.

    The Kissing Hand Vocabulary Connections


    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy The Kissing Hand, it’s helpful to review the new vocabulary used in the story. Either download The Kissing Hand 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.
    L.1.4a L.1.5c L.1.6
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