The Pain and the Great One Resource Set

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The Pain and the Great One by Judy Blume

The Pain thinks his older sister, The Great One, is a jerk and a showoff. The Great One thinks her younger brother, the Pain, is a pokey slob, favorited by everyone but her. As two siblings take their turn in a debate about rivalry and who Mom and Dad love most, developing readers will receive quality practice in multiple comprehension strategies.

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Common Core Alignment
  • 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 Connections: 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
  • Making Inferences: 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
  • Making Predictions: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.2 RL.3.3 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Understanding Text Structure: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.5 RL.3.7 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 Pain and the Great One Resource Set

    Identifying the Author’s Purpose with The Pain and the Great One

    In another favorite by Judy Blume, students will find themselves entertained while they easily identify messages about sibling rivalry and the unconditional love of parents. And, with two character versions of this story, readers will practice identifying supporting evidence throughout a text.
    Common Core Alignment:

    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 Connections with The Pain and the Great One

    The Pain and the Great One is an ideal text to pair with a lesson on making connections, because most readers will be able to connect to one or both of the characters in this story. Students can also practice making text-to-text and text-to-world connections to enhance their comprehension while reading.
    Common Core Alignment:

    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

    Making Inferences with The Pain and the Great One

    This book and lesson plan offer a fun way to practice making inferences with mid- to high-level readers. The story is told from two opposing character perspectives, so readers will need to make inferences about what information is positively accurate, about the emotions of each character, and about whether the parents really do love the two siblings equally.
    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.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8

    Making Predictions with The Pain and the Great One

    Students enjoy using The Pain and the Great One to practice making predictions based on the character relationships in this book. Students will also learn how to connect their own experiences with the text in order to make logical predictions about the events and outcome of 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 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8

    Understanding Text Structure with The Pain and the Great One

    The Pain and the Great One is the perfect lesson plan for readers who are working to understand and comprehend a variety of text structures. Using this text, students will learn to understand point of view and how to comprehend text based on two different perspectives.
    Common Core Alignment:

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

    The Pain and the Great One 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 Pain and the Great One Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of The Pain and the Great One. 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 Pain and the Great One Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment

    Use this Common Core aligned comprehension assessment to evaluate students' comprehension of The Pain and the Great One.

    The Pain and the Great One Word Work - Homophones

    The Pain and the Great One is not only an excellent anchor text for teaching comprehension strategies, it also pairs well with a phonics lesson about homophones. Either download The Pain and the Great One 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.3.3 RF.3.4

    The Pain and the Great One Vocabulary Connections

    Are your students familiar with new vocabulary used in The Pain and the Great One? 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.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.4a L.3.5b L.3.6

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