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  • Making Connections: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.10 RL.1.3 RL.1.4 RL.1.9 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 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
  • Understanding Text Structure: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 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
  • When I Was Little Super Pack


    When I Was Little is a four-year-old’s humorous memoir of her youth. Looking back on her life from the experience and maturity of a four-year-old, the little girl is proud of who she has become and how capable she is now. When I Was Little will entertain readers as they practice making connections, retelling and visualizing.

    Get everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction using When I Was Little by Jamie Lee Curtis

    • Comprehension Strategy Lesson Plans
    • Page by Page Guided Think Sheets
    • Text Based Reader’s Notebook Prompts
    • Word Work Lesson Plan and Activities for High-Frequency Words
    • 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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    Comprehension Strategy Resources

    All comprehension strategy packs come complete with a step by step strategy lesson plan, guided page by page think sheet, answer key, text based reader's notebook prompt, and complete common core alignment

    Making Connections with When I Was Little


    When I Was Little is perfect for beginner readers who are learning to make text-to-self connections while reading. Not only will most readers be able to recall a time when they were proud of themselves, but they will also enjoy remembering all the skills they have today that they didn’t have when they were younger.
    L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.10 RL.1.3 RL.1.4 RL.1.9 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8
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    Retelling and Summarizing with When I Was Little


    This lesson plan will help students identify key events and construct accurate summaries based on a cause and effect sequence.
    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
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    Understanding Text Structure with When I Was Little


    This is a fictional memoir about a four-year-old girl reminiscing on how far she’s come since she was a baby. Using this book, readers will begin to understand how to comprehend a memoir text structure, and they can discuss other books they’ve read that feature a similar format.
    L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RL.1.1 RL.1.10 RL.1.3 RL.1.7 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8
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    Visualizing with When I Was Little


    This book is a smart choice for introductory lessons on visualizing. Early readers will be able to identify the words that help them create mental images. Then, they can compare those images to the illustrations in the book to self-monitor their use of this strategy.
    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
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    When I Was Little 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.
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    When I Was Little Running Record


    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of When I Was Little. 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.
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    Word Work

    A step by step lesson plan, interactive activity, and set of resources to help students learn about words in the context of their reading. Each package helps readers practice naming, noticing, and using specific words parts and patterns.

    When I Was Little Word Work - High-Frequency Words


    When I Was Little is not only an excellent anchor text for teaching comprehension strategies, it also pairs well with a phonics lesson about high-frequency words. Either download When I Was Little 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.
    RF.1.3 RF.1.4
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    Vocabulary Connections

    Each package includes a list of specific vocabulary words found within the book and a set of resources to help students build their vocabulary, practice using new words, and to become more aware of new vocabulary while working and reading independently.

    When I Was Little Vocabulary Connections


    Your students will enhance their enjoyment and understanding of When I Was Little 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.
    L.1.4a L.1.5c L.1.6
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