There’s a Nightmare in My Closet Resource Set

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There’s a Nightmare in My Closet by Mercer Mayer

A young boy has a big problem; he can’t go to sleep because there is a nightmare in his closet. One courageous night, he confronts his nightmare and now he has another problem, his nightmare won’t stop crying! Mercer Mayer’s classic story is an ideal anchor text for readers working on improving comprehension through identifying the author’s purpose, understanding text structure, making predictions, determining importance, and synthesizing.

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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 Beginning Consonant Blends cr and cl
  • 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
  • Determining Importance: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.2 RL.1.7 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 W.1.5 W.1.8
  • Identifying the Author's Purpose: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.10 RL.1.2 RL.1.6 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 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
  • Synthesizing: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.2 RL.1.3 RL.1.4 RL.1.6 RL.1.7 RL.1.9 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3
  • Understanding Text Structure: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.6 RL.1.7 RL.1.9 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
  • Determining Importance: 1.10A 1.10E 1.13D 1.13E 1.1A 1.1C 1.1D 1.6A 1.6E 1.6G 1.6I 1.7B 1.7C 1.7D 1.7E 1.7F 1.8A 1.8B 1.8C 1.9C
  • Identifying the Author's Purpose: 1.10A 1.10B 1.10C 1.10E 1.13D 1.13E 1.1A 1.1C 1.1D 1.6A 1.6E 1.6G 1.6I 1.7B 1.7C 1.7D 1.7E 1.7F 1.8A 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
  • Synthesizing: 1.13D 1.13E 1.1A 1.1C 1.1D 1.6A 1.6B 1.6E 1.6F 1.6G 1.6H 1.6I 1.7A 1.7B 1.7C 1.7D 1.7E 1.7F 1.8A 1.8B 1.8C 1.9C
  • Understanding Text Structure: 1.10B 1.10C 1.10D 1.10E 1.13D 1.13E 1.1A 1.1C 1.1D 1.6A 1.6D 1.6E 1.6G 1.6I 1.7B 1.7C 1.7D 1.7E 1.7F 1.8A 1.8B 1.8C 1.9C
  • Word Work: 1.2A(ii) 1.2A(v) 1.2A(vii) 1.2B(i) 1.2B(ii) 1.2B(iii) 1.2C(i) 1.2C(ii) 2.2C(iii)
  • Vocabulary: 1.3A 1.3B 1.3C 1.3D 1.7F
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    There’s a Nightmare in My Closet Resource Set

    Determining Importance with There’s a Nightmare in My Closet

    In Mercer Mayer's There's a Nightmare in My Closet, the illustrations and text work hand-in-hand to help students determine the details that are the most important to remember. This focused mini lesson provides ideal places for readers to stop and practice determining importance while reading.
    Common Core Alignment:

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

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

    Identifying the Author's Purpose with There’s a Nightmare in My Closet

    Mercer Mayer shares and important message about solving problems while entertaining readers in There's a Nightmare in My Closet. Use this identifying the author's purpose mini lesson to help your readers think critically about what the author is telling the reader throughout the story.
    Common Core Alignment:

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

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

    Making Predictions with There’s a Nightmare in My Closet

    As readers follow the young boy from problem to solution to problem, this making predictions mini lesson will encourage them to think about what will logically happen next in Mercer Mayer's There's a Nightmare in My Closet.
    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

    Synthesizing with There’s a Nightmare in My Closet

    There's a Nightmare in My Closet by Mercer Mayer is a natural fit for a synthesizing mini lesson. As readers follow the young boy throughout the story, they will easily notice that his feelings about his nightmare change and they may notice that their's do too!
    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.1.4 RL.1.6 RL.1.7 RL.1.9 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3
    TEKS Alignment:

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

    Understanding Text Structure with There’s a Nightmare in My Closet

    Readers will practice identifying description, sequencing, cause and effect, and problem and solution text structures while reading Mercer Mayer's story about a young boy and the trouble the nightmare hiding in his closet causes.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.6 RL.1.7 RL.1.9 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8
    TEKS Alignment:

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

    There's a Nightmare in My Closet Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of There's a Nightmare in My Closet. 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.

    There's a Nightmare in My Closet Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment

    Use this Common Core aligned comprehension assessment to evaluate students' comprehension of There's a Nightmare in My Closet.

    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 There's a Nightmare in My Closet by Mercer Mayer. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Super Pack for this book.

    There's a Nightmare in My Closet Word Work - Beginning Consonant Blends Cr and Cl

    If you use There's a Nightmare in My Closet as an anchor text for reading comprehension, you can take advantage of your students’ framework and directly tie in words study as well. This book is a good resource for teaching the beginning consonant blends cr and cl. 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.1.3 RF.1.4
    TEKS Alignment:

    1.2A(ii) 1.2A(v) 1.2A(vii) 1.2B(i) 1.2B(ii) 1.2B(iii) 1.2C(i) 1.2C(ii) 2.2C(iii)

    There's a Nightmare in My Closet Vocabulary Connections

    Your students will enhance their enjoyment and understanding of There's a Nightmare in My Closet 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.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 There's a Nightmare in My Closet Resource Set.

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