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  • 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 Inferences: 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
  • 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.3.3 RL.3.4 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Visualizing: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.10 RL.3.5 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Vocabulary: L.3.4a L.3.5b L.3.6
  • The Memory String Super Pack


    The Memory String is an emotional story about a girl named Laura who keeps a string of heirloom buttons that represent her family’s history. Her favorite buttons are from outfits her mother wore before she died. Laura is devastated when the string breaks, and her stepmother is there to help and comfort her. In addition to strong author messages, The Memory String also supports lessons on retelling and summarizing, making inferences, making predictions and visualizing.

    Get everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction using The Memory String by Eve Bunting

    • Comprehension Strategy Lesson Plans
    • Page by Page Guided Think Sheets
    • Text Based Reader’s Notebook Prompts
    • Interactive Vocabulary Games and Activities
    • Running Record Assessment
    • Extension Activities for Early Finishers
    • Answer Keys
    • Complete Common Core Alignment
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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

    Identifying the Author’s Purpose with The Memory String


    The emotional story in The Memory String presents several broad messages. With a main character struggling with acceptance and letting go, readers will recognize clear messages about loss, love and the important memories we carry.
    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
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    Making Inferences with The Memory String


    This is an ideal book for supporting readers who are working to make inferences. Most students haven’t experienced the loss of a parent; therefore, they will have to use cues from the text and illustrations to infer the emotions of the characters in this book.
    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
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    Making Predictions with The Memory String


    This book works well with a lesson on making predictions because the main character has a big problem to solve. This problem appeals to the reader’s sense of sympathy, and your students will begin making logical predictions about how she might solve her problem.
    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
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    Retelling and Summarizing with The Memory String


    The Memory String pairs well with a lesson on retelling and summarizing. Students will easily be able to identify the conflict and resolution. They’ll also identify time order words to retell the clear sequence of events in this story.
    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.3 RL.3.4 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
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    Visualizing with The Memory String


    The descriptive language used in this story along with its beautiful illustrations make it an excellent resource for a lesson on visualizing. Students will easily create mental images of the family searching for the lost buttons. They can also make connections to a time when they lost something they valued and what actions they took to look for their item.
    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.10 RL.3.5 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
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    The Memory String 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 Memory String Running Record


    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of The Memory String. 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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    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 Memory String Vocabulary Connections


    Are your students familiar with new vocabulary used in The Memory String? 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.
    L.3.4a L.3.5b L.3.6
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