The Raft Resource Set

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Summary

The Raft by Jim LaMarche

No friends, no TV, and lots of chores; not exactly the summer that Nicky was hoping for. The Raft tells the story of how his summer turns around when Nicky finds a raft that provides adventures unlike he has ever experienced. This engaging story is excellent for practicing comprehension strategies including making connections, synthesizing, asking questions, making predictions, and making inferences.

Teach with The Raft by Jim LaMarche

This resource set includes everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction

  • Comprehension Strategy Lesson Plans
  • Page by Page Guided Think Sheets
  • Text Based Reader’s Notebook Prompts
  • Word Work Lesson Plan and Activities for Compound Words
  • 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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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 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.3.3 RL.3.4 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.3.2 RL.3.3 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 Raft Resource Set

    Asking Questions with The Raft

    Nicky’s adventures on the raft encourage students to ask questions about the characters and plot of the story. Some questions may not be explicitly answered in the story, prompting students to use their imagination and information from the text to come up with their own answers.
    Common Core Alignment:

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

    Making Connections with The Raft

    Making connections to The Raft will help your readers more deeply understand the story. With this lesson plan, students will have the opportunity to practice making text to self, text to text, and text to world connections with prompting and support.
    Common Core Alignment:

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

    Making Inferences with The Raft

    Author Jim LaMarche includes clues in both the text and illustrations to help readers make inferences while reading The Raft. Adding their prior knowledge to these clues enables students to make logical inferences about the story.
    Common Core Alignment:

    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 with The Raft

    While reading The Raft, students will gain practice using the text and illustrations to make predictions about the characters, events, problems, and solutions in the story. After reading, students will reflect on whether their predictions were correct or not.
    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

    Synthesizing with The Raft

    As students read The Raft by Jim LaMarche, their thinking may change as the main character's feelings about his summer change. Use this lesson plan to help students "think about their thinking" as the story unfolds.
    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

    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.

    Running Record

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

    Use this Common Core aligned comprehension assessment to evaluate students' comprehension of The Raft.

    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 Raft by Jim LaMarche. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Super Pack for this book.

    The Raft Word Work - Compound Words

    The Raft is not only an excellent anchor text for teaching comprehension strategies, it also pairs well with a phonics lesson about compound words. Either download The Raft 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 Raft Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy The Raft, it’s helpful to introduce words that might be new to readers. Either download The Raft 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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