The Watermelon Seed Resource Set

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The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli

With colorful illustrations and a lovable main character, students will delight in reading this award-winning story about a crocodile who loves watermelon more than any other food. The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli provides readers with an engaging text that offers readers many opportunities to practice comprehension strategies ranging from predicting to retelling and summarizing.

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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 Short u and Short i Sounds
  • Interactive Vocabulary Games and Activities
  • Running Record Assessment
  • Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment
  • Extension Activities for Early Finishers
  • Answer Keys
  • Complete Common Core Alignment
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CCSS Alignment
TEKS Alignment
  • Asking Questions: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8
  • Making Connections: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.4 RL.1.9 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8
  • Making Predictions: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.3 RL.1.9 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 W.1.5 W.1.8
  • Retelling & Summarizing: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.2 RL.1.3 RL.1.7 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8
  • Visualizing: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.10 RL.1.3 RL.1.4 RL.1.7 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8
  • Word Work: RF.1.3 RF.1.4
  • Vocabulary: L.1.4a L.1.5c L.1.6
  • Asking Questions: 1.10E 1.13A 1.13D 1.13E 1.1A 1.1C 1.1D 1.6A 1.6B 1.6E 1.6I 1.7B 1.7C 1.7D 1.7E 1.7F 1.8B 1.8C
  • Making Connections: 1.10E 1.13A 1.13D 1.13E 1.1A 1.1C 1.1D 1.6A 1.6E 1.6I 1.7A 1.7B 1.7C 1.7D 1.7E 1.7F 1.8B 1.8C
  • Making Predictions: 1.10B 1.10C 1.10E 1.13D 1.13E 1.1A 1.1C 1.1D 1.6A 1.6C 1.6E 1.6I 1.7B 1.7C 1.7D 1.7E 1.7F 1.8B 1.8C 1.9C
  • Retelling & Summarizing: 1.10A 1.10E 1.13D 1.13E 1.1A 1.1C 1.1D 1.6A 1.6G 1.6I 1.7B 1.7C 1.7D 1.7E 1.7F 1.8A 1.8B 1.8C 1.8D 1.9C
  • Visualizing: 1.10C 1.10D 1.10E 1.13D 1.13E 1.1A 1.1C 1.6A 1.6D 1.6E 1.6I 1.7B 1.7C 1.7D 1.7E 1.7F 1.8B 1.8D 1.9C
  • Spanish Version Available: 1.3A 1.3B 1.3C 1.3D 1.7F
  • Vocabulary: 1.3A 1.3B 1.3C 1.3D 1.7F
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    The Watermelon Seed Resource Set

    Asking Questions with The Watermelon Seed

    The Watermelon Seed is a highly effective text for teaching students the skill of asking questions. The plot of the story, main character, and illustrations will naturally appeal to young readers, so they will have no trouble asking and answering questions as they read!
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    1.10E 1.13A 1.13D 1.13E 1.1A 1.1C 1.1D 1.6A 1.6B 1.6E 1.6I 1.7B 1.7C 1.7D 1.7E 1.7F 1.8B 1.8C

    Making Connections with The Watermelon Seed

    Students will think critically in this mini lesson by using the text and illustrations in the book along with their own background knowledge to make text to text, text to self, and text to world connections.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.4 RL.1.9 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    1.10E 1.13A 1.13D 1.13E 1.1A 1.1C 1.1D 1.6A 1.6E 1.6I 1.7A 1.7B 1.7C 1.7D 1.7E 1.7F 1.8B 1.8C

    Making Predictions with The Watermelon Seed

    This mini lesson will provide students with ample opportunities to make before, during, and after reading predictions using the engaging illustrations and plot of The Watermelon Seed.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.3 RL.1.9 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 W.1.5 W.1.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    1.10B 1.10C 1.10E 1.13D 1.13E 1.1A 1.1C 1.1D 1.6A 1.6C 1.6E 1.6I 1.7B 1.7C 1.7D 1.7E 1.7F 1.8B 1.8C 1.9C

    Retelling and Summarizing with The Watermelon Seed

    With a simple-to-follow plot and only one character, The Watermelon Seed is a perfect text for introducing and practicing the skill of retelling and summarizing to young readers.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.2 RL.1.3 RL.1.7 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    1.10A 1.10E 1.13D 1.13E 1.1A 1.1C 1.1D 1.6A 1.6G 1.6I 1.7B 1.7C 1.7D 1.7E 1.7F 1.8A 1.8B 1.8C 1.8D 1.9C

    Visualizing with The Watermelon Seed

    The bright, colorful, and inventive illustrations in this book make it a great fit for students to practice the skill of visualizing. The illustrations bring the text content to life to delight early readers.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.10 RL.1.3 RL.1.4 RL.1.7 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    1.10C 1.10D 1.10E 1.13D 1.13E 1.1A 1.1C 1.6A 1.6D 1.6E 1.6I 1.7B 1.7C 1.7D 1.7E 1.7F 1.8B 1.8D 1.9C

    The Watermelon Extension Activity

    The BookPagez extension activities are a great way to push student engagement beyond the pages of the text. Try using this sequencing activity with early finishers, with students who show a deeper connection with the text, or as a center activity.

    The Watermelon Seed Running Record

    Use this Running Record to assess oral reading fluency with The Watermelon Seed. 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 Watermelon Seed Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment

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

    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 Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Resource Set for this book.
    TEKS Alignment:

    1.3A 1.3B 1.3C 1.3D 1.7F

    The Watermelon Seed Word Work - Short u and Short i Sounds

    This word work lesson plan and set of teaching resources use The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli as a springboard for instruction focused on short u and short i sounds. By anchoring word study to the text, students will benefit from seeing how short u and short i are used inside of the text before engaging in both guided and independent practice with short u and short i sounds.
    Common Core Alignment:

    RF.1.3 RF.1.4

    The Watermelon Seed Vocabulary Connections

    This set of vocabulary development resources for The Watermelon Seed highlights the words that are most important for students to know and understand while reading the book.  Through engaging in fun word games, matching words to definitions and pictures, and practicing how to categorize words, students will develop the vocabulary necessary to comprehend this story and many others.

    Common Core Alignment:

    L.1.4a L.1.5c L.1.6
    TEKS Alignment:

    1.3A 1.3B 1.3C 1.3D 1.7F

    TEKS Alignment

    Complete TEKS alignment for all of the mini lessons, resources, and activities in The Watermelon Seed Resource Set.

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