The Relatives Came Resource Set

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The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant

Climb in the station wagon and join the relatives for a fun-filled drive to their summer destination! The relatives are visiting family for the summer months. As students learn new comprehension strategies they will feel like part of the family, creating a connection to the story, taking away the ability to retell, infer a character’s thoughts and feelings and ask questions about the text.

Teach with The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant

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 Verbs with Suffix -ed
  • Interactive Vocabulary Games and Activities
  • Running Record Assessment
  • Extension Activities for Early Finishers
  • Answer Keys
  • Complete Common Core Alignment
  • and More!
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Common Core 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
  • Making Connections: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.3 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Making Inferences: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.6 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Retelling & Summarizing: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.1 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.3 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.2.7 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
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    The Relatives Came Resource Set

    Asking Questions with The Relatives Came

    Cynthia Rylant's classic picture book gives students just the right amount of information, leaving them room to form their own questions about the relatives. This asking questions lesson plan and set of resources helps students to become more involved in the story as they learn to ask questions about the characters and events.
    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

    Making Connections with The Relatives Came

    The Relatives Came is a story about the strong bond between loved ones, even if they don’t see each other often. Students will quickly see similarities between the relatives in the book and their own relatives. Through using this picture book as a springboard for a making connections mini lesson, readers will learn how to use their personal memories, and what they know about the world to more deeply engage with the text.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.3 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    Making Inferences with The Relatives Came

    Use this making inferences lesson plan and set of resources to guide your students make inferences about the ways characters feel, what the characters do, and what the characters may be thinking. Students’ prior knowledge of the subject matter (family) will help them to make logical and thoughtful inferences about the relatives in this story.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.6 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    Retelling and Summarizing with The Relatives Came

    Cynthia Rylant's use of simple story elements in The Relatives Came makes this book an ideal anchor text for a mini lesson focused on retelling and summarizing. Use this lesson plan and set of resources to teach readers how to focus on the characters, setting, problem and solution in the story.
    Common Core Alignment:

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

    Visualizing with The Relatives Came

    Both Cynthia Rylant, the author of The Relatives Came, and Stephen Gammell, the illustrator, provide students with the opportunity to create detailed visualizations. Follow this done for you mini lesson to teach readers how to use Rylant’s word descriptions and Gammell’s heartwarming pictures to visualize while reading.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8

    The Relatives Came 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 Relatives Came Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of The Relatives Came. 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.

    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 Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Super Pack for this book.

    The Relatives Came Word Work - Verbs with Suffix -ed

    The Relatives Came is not only an excellent anchor text for teaching comprehension strategies, it also pairs well with a phonics lesson about verbs with suffix -ed. Either download The Relatives Came 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.2.3 RF.2.4

    The Relatives Came Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy The Relatives Came, it’s helpful to introduce words that might be new to readers. Either download The Relatives Came 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.2.4a L.2.5a L.2.6

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