Trombone Shorty Resource Set

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Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews

Children will make an immediate connection with Trombone Shorty’s autobiography. As a young boy, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews spent his time like most children do, playing with friends and family. But unlike many children, he always had a trombone in his hand. This engaging story about a passionate boy will intrigue students to work with the text. Readers will find opportunities to make predictions, practice visualizing, understanding text structure, and summarizing the story.

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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 tractions
  • Interactive Vocabulary Games and Activities
  • Running Record Assessment
  • Extension Activities for Early Finishers
  • Answer Keys
  • Complete Common CoreAlignment
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Common Core Alignment
  • Making Connections: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RI.4.1 RI.4.10 RI.4.2 RI.4.7 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Making Predictions: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RI.4.1 RI.4.10 RI.4.2 RI.4.9 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Retelling & Summarizing: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RI.4.1 RI.4.10 RI.4.3 RI.4.8 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 RI.4.1 RI.4.10 RI.4.5 RI.4.7 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Visualizing: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RI.4.1 RI.4.10 RI.4.2 RI.4.9 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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    Trombone Shorty Resource Set

    Making Connections with Trombone Shorty

    This making connections lesson plan for use with Trombone Shorty is accessible for all children who are passionate dreamers. The ideas in this story will remind children of similar books with common themes.
    Common Core Alignment:

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

    Making Predictions with Trombone Shorty

    When making predictions, children refer to the text to support their ideas. The story of Trombone Shorty delivers realistic artwork and a clear narrative that will help readers consider predictable outcomes.
    Common Core Alignment:

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

    Retelling and Summarizing with Trombone Shorty

    Children will practice retelling and summarizing this inspiring autobiography by considering the guided strategy questions included in this mini lesson. Detailed text and illustrations will help students recount this fascinating story.
    Common Core Alignment:

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

    Understanding Text Structure with Trombone Shorty

    Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews used different text structures to write his autobiography. Children get to work right away when reading the first page. The story starts with a two word phrase that is repeated twice, inviting children to explore the meaning behind this arrangement of text. Children will discover other text structures like description and cause and effect that help tell this story.
    Common Core Alignment:

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

    Visualizing with Trombone Shorty

    Children will enjoy imagining the music described in this autobiography. While visualizing, readers will transport themselves into crowds of people dancing to the music that inspired Trombone Shorty.
    Common Core Alignment:

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

    Trombone Shorty 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.

    Trombone Shorty Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Trombone Shorty. 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.

    Trombone Shorty Word Work - Contractions

    Trombone Shorty is not only an excellent anchor text for teaching comprehension strategies, it also pairs well with a phonics lesson about contractions. Either download Trombone Shorty 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.4.3 RF.4.4

    Trombone Shorty Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy Trombone Shorty, it’s helpful to introduce words that might be new to readers. Either download Trombone Shorty 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.4.4a L.4.5c L.4.6

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