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  • Making Connections: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.3 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Making Inferences: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.2 RL.3.4 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Visualizing: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Vocabulary: L.3.4a L.3.5b L.3.6
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends Super Pack


    Where the Sidewalk Ends…a wild world of entertaining characters and tall tales begins. In this classic collection of Shel Silverstein poems and drawings, readers will meet a crocodile with a toothache, an invisible boy, and Peggy Ann McKay, who has 39 excuses for why you can’t go to school today. Use this text to teach fun lessons on making connections, visualizing and making inferences.

    Get everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction using Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

    • Comprehension Strategy Lesson Plans
    • Page by Page Guided Think Sheets
    • Text Based Reader’s Notebook Prompts
    • 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 Where the Sidewalk Ends


    Where the Sidewalk Ends is a fun book for supporting readers who need practice making connections. Students can enhance their comprehension of each poem by identifying characters, settings and events they can connect to based on personal experience or prior knowledge.
    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.3 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
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    Making Inferences with Where the Sidewalk Ends


    This is an ideal book for introducing readers to the making inferences comprehension strategy. As you work through each poem, readers will practice making inferences about character emotions, overall author messages, and cause and effect.
    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.2 RL.3.4 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
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    Visualizing with Where the Sidewalk Ends


    Shel Silverstein’s famously descriptive prose will support readers who are practicing creating vivid mental images while reading poetry.
    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
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    Where the Sidewalk Ends 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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    Where the Sidewalk Ends Running Record


    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Where the Sidewalk Ends. 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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    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 Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Super Pack for this book.
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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.

    Where the Sidewalk Ends Vocabulary Connections


    Are your students familiar with new vocabulary used in Where the Sidewalk Ends? Download this Vocabulary Builder for fun resources and activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth. If you download this book’s Super Pack, these resources are all included.
    L.3.4a L.3.5b L.3.6
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