Wishtree Resource Set

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Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Red is a 216-year-old Northern red oak who is home to many animals. Additionally, he is the community’s wishtree which means he hears the secrets, hopes, and dreams of many, including the young girl next door. Samar is different from the others in the neighborhood, but wishes for nothing more than a friend. Red, with the help of his animal residents, sets out to make her wish come true! Author Katherine Applegate makes the non-human characters come to life with beautiful detail, making Wishtree an ideal text for a Book Club exploring figurative language.

Teach with Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Get everything you need to run a successful Book Club using Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

  • Interactive Lesson Plan for 6 Book Club Meetings Focusing on Figurative Language
  • 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.5.4 RL.5.5 RL.5.6 RL.5.7 RL.5.9 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: 5.10D 5.10E  5.1A 5.1D 5.6A 5.6B 5.6D 5.6E 5.6I 5.7A 5.7C 5.7E 5.7F 5.7G
  • Vocabulary: 5.3A 5.3B 5.7E 5.7F
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    Wishtree Resource Set

    Instructional Overview

    The instructional overview includes instructional background for figurative language, instructional objectives for each of the Book Club meetings, and a list of the materials and preparation necessary to host the Wishtree 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.5.4 RL.5.5 RL.5.6 RL.5.7 RL.5.9 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:

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

    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: Set Expectations and Introduce Figurative Language (Poem)

    Author Katherine Applegate's use of figurative language throughout Wishtree makes the characters come to life for the reader. Throughout this Book Club, students will identify and examine various types of figurative language and explore the impact its use has on the reader's experience.

    Meeting #2: Personification

    Readers will begin their exploration of the use of figurative language in Wishtree by diving into personification. Through this meeting's discussion, students will see how author Katherine Applegate helps readers connect to the non-human characters by giving them human characteristics.

    Meeting #3: Similes

    This Wishtree Book Club meeting focuses on how similes help the reader to better understand what the author, Katherine Applegate, is trying to communicate. Discussion also includes what to do when you encounter a comparison (simile) that you don't understand.

    Meeting #4: Metaphors

    When students take a closer look at the metaphors found in Wishtree by Katherine Applegate, they will see how comparing two things this way allows the author to use words to create vivid mental images for the reader.

    Meeting #5: Idioms

    Readers will connect to Red's use of common idioms; especially when he is "philosophizing". Students will enjoy making the idioms Katherine Applegate included in Wishtree come to life by sketching their literal meanings.

    Meeting #6: Exploring the Impact of Figurative Language

    This final Wishtree Book Club meeting provides an opportunity for students to work collaboratively to showcase their learning related to figurative language. The culminating activity will provide a stunning visual representation of the knowledge that they have gained.

    Wishtree Focus Assessment and Rubric

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

    Wishtree Common Core Assessment

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

    Wishtree Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Wishtree. 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 Wishtree by Katherine Applegate. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Resource Set for this book.

    Wishtree Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy Wishtree, it’s helpful to review new vocabulary used in the story. Either download Wishtree 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:

    5.3A 5.3B 5.7E 5.7F

    Wishtree Common Core Alignment

    List of the Common Core State Standards addressed by Wishtree Book Club Resource Set.

    TEKS Alignment

    Complete TEKS alignment for all of the mini lessons, resources, and activities in the Wishtree Resource Set.

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