The Name Jar Resource Set


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Summary

The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi

Going to a new school can be hard. But when you’re going to a new school in a new country, it’s especially challenging. In the Name Jar, Unhei worries that none of her new classmates will be able to pronounce her Korean name. That’s when she decides to choose a new name. Soon, all of her American classmates are eager to give Unhei an American name. Make connections with the text, ask questions about Unhei’s experience, and summarize this warm and engaging story about diversity and the importance of being true to yourself.

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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 Root Words
  • Interactive Vocabulary Games and Activities
  • Running Record Assessment
  • Extension Activities for Early Finishers
  • Answer Keys
  • Complete Common Core Alignment
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Common Core Alignment
  • Asking Questions: 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.3.1c SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Making Connections: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.2 RL.3.4 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.3.2 RL.3.3 RL.3.4 RL.3.5 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.3.5 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Synthesizing: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.2 RL.3.3 RL.3.4 RL.3.5 RL.3.6 RL.3.7 SL.3.1c SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Word Work: RF.3.3 RF.3.4
  • Vocabulary: L.3.4a L.3.5b L.3.6
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    The Name Jar Resource Set

    Asking Questions with The Name Jar

    For most children, the idea of starting school in a new country is not something to worry about. Use The Name Jar to help readers explore what it might be like to be a new student from a foreign country.
    Common Core Alignment:

    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.3.1c SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8

    Making Connections with The Name Jar

    Help readers understand Unhei's struggle by making text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world connections while reading this book. The subject matter will challenge students and give more sophisticated readers an opportunity to practice this strategy.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.2 RL.3.4 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8

    Making Predictions with The Name Jar

    The Name Jar provides readers with lots of opportunities to make predictions about Unhei's experiences at her new school and in her new country. Help readers to qualify their predictions by determining whether or not their predictions make sense when compared to what they know about the story.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.2 RL.3.3 RL.3.4 RL.3.5 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8

    Retelling and Summarizing with The Name Jar

    The Name Jar is a long picture book with a varied cast of characters, several settings, and a detailed plot. As a result, it is the perfect solution for more advanced readers who need some practice retelling and summarizing.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.3 RL.3.5 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8

    Synthesizing with The Name Jar

    This synthesizing lesson plan requires readers to track their thinking about what it might be like to start a new school in a new country across the pages of a longer picture book. By asking readers to track how and why Unhei changes throughout the story, students will gain a deeper understanding of the character and the story's message.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.2 RL.3.3 RL.3.4 RL.3.5 RL.3.6 RL.3.7 SL.3.1c SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8

    The Name Jar 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 Name Jar Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of The Name Jar. 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 Name Jar Word Work - Root Words

    The Name Jar is not only an excellent anchor text for teaching comprehension strategies, it also offers the opportunity to name and notice root words. Either download the The Name Jar Super Pack or this individual Word Work lesson plan and activity package to access lesson plans, interactive games, and fun worksheets that directly tie word study to your classroom reading.
    Common Core Alignment:

    RF.3.3 RF.3.4

    The Name Jar Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy The Name Jar, it’s helpful to review the new vocabulary used in the story. Either download the The Name Jar 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.3.4a L.3.5b L.3.6

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