The Most Magnificent Thing Resource Set

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The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

Readers will follow a young girl and her trusty four-legged assistant as they attempt to make the most magnificent thing. When the girl’s attempts to design something magnificent go from bad to worse, she learns to rely on her creativity, engineering-design thinking, and growth mindset skills to help her preserve and reach her goal. The Most Magnificent Thing is a perfect anchor text for comprehension strategy mini lessons and exploring the topics of STEM in an approachable, fun way.

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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 Prefixes dis-, mis-, un-
  • 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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CCSS Alignment
TEKS Alignment
  • Asking Questions: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.1 RL.2.10 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.1c SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Determining Importance: 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
  • Synthesizing: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 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
  • Understanding Text Structure: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.4 RL.2.5 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.2.2 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
  • Asking Questions: 2.13A 2.13C 2.13E 2.13G 2.1A 2.1C 2.1D 2.6A 2.6B 2.6E 2.6I 2.7B 2.7C 2.7D 2.7E 2.7F 2.8C
  • Determining Importance: 2.13C 2.13E 2.13G 2.1A 2.1C 2.1D 2.6A 2.6B 2.6E 2.6G 2.6I 2.7A 2.7B 2.7C 2.7D 2.7E 2.7F 2.8A 2.8C 2.9C
  • Synthesizing: 2.13C 2.13E 2.13G 2.1A 2.1C 2.1D 2.6A 2.6B 2.6H 2.6I 2.7B 2.7C 2.7D 2.7E 2.7F 2.8C 2.9C
  • Understanding Text Structure: 2.10B 2.10C 2.13C 2.13E 2.13G 2.1A 2.1C 2.1D 2.6A 2.6I 2.7B 2.7C 2.7D 2.7E 2.7F 2.8C 2.9C
  • Visualizing: 2.10C 2.13C 2.13E 2.13G 2.1A 2.1C 2.1D 2.6A 2.6D 2.6E 2.6I 2.7A 2.7B 2.7C 2.7D 2.7E 2.7F 2.8C 2.9C
  • Word Work: 2.2B(vi) 2.2C(vi)
  • Vocabulary: 2.3A 2.3B 2.3D 2.7E 2.7F
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    The Most Magnificent Thing Resource Set

    Asking Questions with The Most Magnificent Thing

    Asking questions while reading Ashley Spires' The Most Magnificent Thing helps readers think about what they already know about the girl's process of creating something magnificent, and what they want to find out more about. Additionally, this mini lesson prompts students to think critically about the steps involved in working through a STEM problem.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.1 RL.2.10 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.1c SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    2.13A 2.13C 2.13E 2.13G 2.1A 2.1C 2.1D 2.6A 2.6B 2.6E 2.6I 2.7B 2.7C 2.7D 2.7E 2.7F 2.8C

    Determining Importance with The Most Magnificent Thing

    As readers sift through the details of The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires, they will need to consider whether or not the characters, setting, and events are important to understanding the story. This focused mini lesson will get readers thinking about the girl's problem and how she solved it.
    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
    TEKS Alignment:

    2.13C 2.13E 2.13G 2.1A 2.1C 2.1D 2.6A 2.6B 2.6E 2.6G 2.6I 2.7A 2.7B 2.7C 2.7D 2.7E 2.7F 2.8A 2.8C 2.9C

    Synthesizing with The Most Magnificent Thing

    Synthesizing with The Most Magnificent Thing gets readers involved by reflecting on their feelings about the girl as she tries to work through her problem. Additionally, readers will also be asked to think about how she is solving her problem, making this synthesizing mini lesson the perfect blend of comprehension strategy work and process evaluation.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 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
    TEKS Alignment:

    2.13C 2.13E 2.13G 2.1A 2.1C 2.1D 2.6A 2.6B 2.6H 2.6I 2.7B 2.7C 2.7D 2.7E 2.7F 2.8C 2.9C

    Understanding Text Structure with The Most Magnificent Thing

    Author Ashley Spires tells the story of the girl's creative building process through the use of sequence, description, problem and solution, and cause and effect text structures. When students use this mini lesson to identify the text structures in The Most Magnificent Thing, they are better able to understand the story.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.4 RL.2.5 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    2.10B 2.10C 2.13C 2.13E 2.13G 2.1A 2.1C 2.1D 2.6A 2.6I 2.7B 2.7C 2.7D 2.7E 2.7F 2.8C 2.9C

    Visualizing with The Most Magnificent Thing

    Ashley Spires' use of descriptive words in The Most Magnificent Thing encourages readers to create mental images of the events in the story. This focused mini lesson shows readers where to pause and visualize while reading, and how to use the illustrations to check their thinking.
    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
    TEKS Alignment:

    2.10C 2.13C 2.13E 2.13G 2.1A 2.1C 2.1D 2.6A 2.6D 2.6E 2.6I 2.7A 2.7B 2.7C 2.7D 2.7E 2.7F 2.8C 2.9C

    The Most Magnificent Thing 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 Most Magnificent Thing Running Record

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

    Use this Common Core aligned comprehension assessment to evaluate students' comprehension of The Most Magnificent Thing.

    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 Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Super Pack for this book.

    The Most Magnificent Thing Word Work - Prefixes (dis-, mis-, un-)

    If you use The Most Magnificent Thing as an anchor text for reading comprehension, you can take advantage of your students’ framework and directly tie in words study as well. This book is a good resource for teaching the prefixes dis-, mis-, un-. 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
    TEKS Alignment:

    2.2B(vi) 2.2C(vi)

    The Most Magnificent Thing Vocabulary Connections

    Your students will enhance their enjoyment and understanding of The Most Magnificent Thing if they’re prepared for new vocabulary introduced in this text. 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
    TEKS Alignment:

    2.3A 2.3B 2.3D 2.7E 2.7F

    TEKS Alignment

    Complete TEKS alignment for all of the mini lessons, resources, and activities in the The Most Magnificent Thing Resource Set.

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