When You Reach Me Resource Set

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When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Miranda is unsure what to think when she starts to receive mysterious notes from an unknown source. These notes warn her that a friend is in trouble and, seem legitimate, because they correctly predict future events. The note writer also tells her not to share the messages with others; leaving Miranda to solve this mystery on her own. Author Rebecca Stead expertly weaves the clues to solving this mystery throughout the story elements, making this a perfect chapter book for a Book Club focused on making inferences. Expect to share many “ah ha!” moments with students as they navigate this well-crafted mystery.

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  • Interactive Lesson Plan for 6 Book Club Meetings Focusing on Making Inferences
  • Chapter by Chapter Discussion Guide
  • Chapter by Chapter Vocabulary Guide
  • Book Club Calendar
  • Conversation Prompts
  • Expectations for Book Club Anchor Chart / Student Reference Sheet
  • Student Self-Evaluation Forms
  • Running Record Assessment Tool
  • Student Reading Response Guide
  • Comprehension Assessment Rubric
  • Common Core State Standard Assessment
CCSS Alignment
TEKS Alignment
  • Instructional Overview: L.5.6 RF.5.3 RF.5.4 RL.5.1 RL.5.10 RL.5.2 RL.5.3 RL.5.5 RL.5.6 SL.5.1a SL.5.1b SL.5.1c SL.5.1d SL.5.2 SL.5.3 SL.5.6 W.5.8 W.5.9
  • Vocabulary: L.5.4a L.5.5c L.5.6
  • Instructional Overview: 5.10E  5.1A 5.1C 5.1D 5.6A 5.6B 5.6E 5.6F 5.6G 5.6H 5.6I 5.7A 5.7C 5.7D 5.7E 5.7F 5.7G 5.8B  5.8D
  • Vocabulary: 5.3B 5.7E 5.7F
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    When You Reach Me Resource Set

    Instructional Overview

    The instructional overview includes instructional background for making inferences, instructional objectives for each of the Book Club meetings, and a list of the materials and preparation necessary to host the When You Reach Me Book Club.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.5.6 RF.5.3 RF.5.4 RL.5.1 RL.5.10 RL.5.2 RL.5.3 RL.5.5 RL.5.6 SL.5.1a SL.5.1b SL.5.1c SL.5.1d SL.5.2 SL.5.3 SL.5.6 W.5.8 W.5.9
    TEKS Alignment:

    5.10E  5.1A 5.1C 5.1D 5.6A 5.6B 5.6E 5.6F 5.6G 5.6H 5.6I 5.7A 5.7C 5.7D 5.7E 5.7F 5.7G 5.8B  5.8D

    Book Club Management Resources

    The management resources include a Book Club Calendar, conversation prompts, Student Self-Evaluation forms, Reading Response Board (with optional Common Core alignment), and an Expectations for Book Club anchor chart.

    Meeting #1: Introduce Making Inferences

    Mysteries, like When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead, are perfect for readers developing their ability to make inferences to deepen their comprehension. Prime students to make inferences to solve a mystery with a ready-to-use mini mystery game.

    Meeting #2: Supporting Inferences With Details from the Text

    Throughout the When You Reach Me Book Club, readers will be making inferences to learn more about the characters of the story and to try to solve the mystery before the author reveals the answer. This meeting will provide the opportunity for students to look for details in the text that support predetermined inferences.

    Meeting #3: Making Inferences Using Evidence from the Text

    Building on the last meeting, students will now formulate their own inferences based on the details author Rebecca Stead included in When You Reach Me. Group discussion focuses on inferring information about the various characters that have been presented so far and a graphic organizer is used to help students track their thinking while reading independently.

    Meeting #4: Drawing Conclusions from Inferences

    Readers will begin to notice recurring themes in the inferences they are making. This When You Reach Me Book Club meeting focuses discussion on drawing conclusions when students make similar inferences over and over, and knowing when to dismiss an inference they made because there is not enough text evidence to support it.

    Meeting #5: Using Inferences To Inform Predictions

    Making inferences and making predictions can be tricky concepts to differentiate. As students approach the end of Rebecca Stead's When You Reach Me, they will see how the inferences they made throughout the Book Club can inform their predictions of the solution of the mystery.

    Meeting #6: Solving the Mystery with Logical Inferences

    This final When You Reach Me Book Club meeting is full of "ah ha!" moments for readers. Now that the mystery has been solved, students can go back through the details in the story and see how they could have inferred the ending. The culminating activity encourages creativity as well as the demonstration of the skills related to making inferences that the students gained throughout their participation in the Book Club.

    When You Reach Me Focus Assessment and Rubric

    Use this six-question assessment to determine whether or not students understand the key concepts associated with making inferences.

    When You Reach Me Common Core Assessment

    This 9 question Common Core aligned assessment can be used to determine students' overall comprehension of When You Reach Me and their mastery of the Common Core State Standards.

    When You Reach Me Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of When You Reach Me. 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.

    Student Resources in Spanish

    This set of Spanish student facing resources includes Book Club Management Resources for use with When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Resource Set for this book.

    When You Reach Me Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy When You Reach Me, it’s helpful to review new vocabulary used in the story. Either download When You Reach Me 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.5.4a L.5.5c L.5.6
    TEKS Alignment:

    5.3B 5.7E 5.7F

    When You Reach Me Common Core Alignment

    List of the Common Core State Standards addressed by When You Reach Me Book Club Resource Set.

    TEKS Alignment

    Complete TEKS alignment for all of the mini lessons, resources, and activities in the When You Reach Me Resource Set.

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