The Van Gogh Café Resource Set

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The Van Gogh Café by Cynthia Rylant

Clara’s dad owns a café in Flowers, Kansas, that is housed in a renovated theater. Each chapter of this story is a vignette about the different magical and mysterious events Clara witnesses while spending time at the café. This enchanting story will entertain readers as they practice and apply nearly every comprehension strategy.

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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 Comparative and Superlative Adjective Suffixes
  • 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.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.3 RL.4.4 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Determining Importance: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.2 RL.4.3 RL.4.4 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Identifying the Author's Purpose: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.10 RL.4.2 RL.4.6 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Making Inferences: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.3 RL.4.4 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Synthesizing: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.2 RL.4.3 RL.4.4 RL.4.5 RL.4.6 RL.4.7 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Understanding Text Structure: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.10 RL.4.2 RL.4.5 RL.4.6 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Word Work: RF.4.3 RF.4.4
  • Vocabulary: L.4.4a L.4.5c L.4.6
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    The Van Gogh Café Resource Set

    Asking Questions with The Van Gogh Café

    The Van Gogh Café works well with a lesson on asking questions. Each chapter is a new installment of mysterious happenings that add to the cafes magic. Engaged readers will naturally ask questions to dig deeper and clarify their understanding about what could be going on in the café.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.3 RL.4.4 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9

    Determining Importance with The Van Gogh Café

    Because each chapter represents a new “mini-story” that describes a different mystery occurring within the Van Gogh Café , readers will have several opportunities to practice identifying which characters and events are most important to the overall message of this book.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.2 RL.4.3 RL.4.4 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9

    Identifying the Author’s Purpose With The Van Gogh Café

    The Van Gogh Café is a smart book to use with readers who are learning to identify the author’s message across longer texts. This lesson plan will help readers recognize the message within each chapter so they can inform their understanding of the overall purpose presented by this text.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.10 RL.4.2 RL.4.6 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9

    Making Inferences With The Van Gogh Café

    This lesson plan is a great way to support readers who are working to make inferences to improve reading comprehension. As they work through this lesson, students will be asked to make inferences about the setting, the characters and the mysteries that take place inside the café .
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.3 RL.4.4 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9

    Synthesizing With The Van Gogh Café

    For readers who are ready to practice synthesizing, The Van Gogh Café is an excellent anchor text. The mysterious activity detailed throughout the story will keep readers engaged through this longer chapter book. Students will also be able to apply all of the comprehension strategies and analyze how their thoughts and understanding evolve from beginning to end.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.2 RL.4.3 RL.4.4 RL.4.5 RL.4.6 RL.4.7 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9

    Understanding Text Structure With The Van Gogh Café

    Each chapter of this book presents the reader with a new “mini-story,” and the author uses different text structures within each mini-story. This makes The Van Gogh Café a perfect supporting text for a lesson on understanding text structures across a chapter book.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.10 RL.4.2 RL.4.5 RL.4.6 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9

    The Van Gogh Café 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 Van Gogh Café Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of The Van Gogh Café. 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 Van Gogh Café Word Work - Comparative and Superlative Adjective Suffixes

    If you use The Van Gogh Café as an anchor text for reading comprehension, you can take advantage of your students’ framework and directly tie in word study as well. This book is a good resource for teaching a phonics lesson about the comparative and superlative adjective suffixes . 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.4.3 RF.4.4

    The Van Gogh Café Vocabulary Connections

    Your students will enhance their enjoyment and understanding of The Van Gogh Café if they’re prepared for new vocabulary introduced in this text. And 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.4.4a L.4.5c L.4.6

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