Ecology and the responsibility of humans to the natural world are at the center of Lynne Cherry’s The Great Kapok Tree. Cherry's charming picture book takes place in the Amazon rain forest. Under orders from “a larger man,” a young laborer takes aim at a huge kapok tree. But after some exhausting blows with his axe, he takes a nap during which he has a moral awakening. The animals of the rain forest, and a Yanomamo child, whisper to the sleeper about the wisdom of preserving the kapok tree, because all living things need each other to survive. The message comes through, and the tree is spared. Author and artist Lynne Cherry has created a simple, but pointed story, replete with beautiful illustrations of the rain forest and its creatures. The Great Kapok Tree is suitable for readers from third grade and up.
This digital Lit Guide contains a diverse collection of cross-circular lessons to increase students' competency in understanding literary devices and developing vocabulary and sequencing skills. Resources in this eBook include reproducible worksheets, pre- and post-reading lessons, sectional activities, and quizzes and unit tests. Each downloadable Lit Guide will prove to be an integral part of the reading experience and an indispensible resource for core literature and individualized reading.This eBook literature guide is an entry in the Teacher Created Resources Primary Lit Guides series, comprised of the following best-selling titles: Strega Nona; If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and If You Give a Moose a Muffin; Molly's Pilgrim; The Great Kapok Tree; Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; The Mitten; Frog and Toad are Friends; The Courage of Sarah Noble; Stone Soup; Curious George Series, and many more. All aforementioned eBooks, as well as the rest of the series, can be accessed by clicking on the 'View All In Series' button to the left.
By completing fun, challenging activities and lessons, students will uncover the true meaning behind this beautifully illustrated story. This instructional guide for literature is the perfect tool to aid students in analyzing and comprehending this sensational story. Appealing and challenging cross-curricular lessons and activities were written to support the text and incorporate research-based literacy skills to help students become thorough readers. These lessons and activities work in conjunction with the text to teach students how to analyze and comprehend story elements in multiple ways, practice close reading and text-based vocabulary, determine meaning through text-dependent questions, and much more.
These cross-curricular activities for The Great Kapok Tree incorporate key skills from the Common Core. The activities integrate literature with social studies, science, mathematics, and more. Included activity pages engage and challenge students. Rigorously study this great work of children’s literature by making connections between the book and other content areas.
Students analyze The Great Kapok Tree using key skills from the Common Core. Close reading of the text is required to answer text-dependent questions. Included are student pages with the text-dependent questions as well as suggested answers. Rigorously study this great work of children’s literature through close reading and responding to text-dependent questions.
Students respond to The Great Kapok Tree through writing. Various writing prompts, which require students to make connections, are provided. Narrative, opinion, and informative/explanatory prompts are included along with themed writing paper. Rigorously study this great work of children’s literature by making connections and responding to writing prompts.
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Students will enjoy studying the story elements of The Great Kapok Tree through these engaging activities, students create products to share their understanding of the characters, plots, and settings of the book. Rigorously study this great work of children’s literature by applying knowledge about the story elements in creative, fun ways.
These post-reading activities for The Great Kapok Tree allow students to share their understanding of the characters, plots, and settings of the book. They have opportunities to write, draw, and perform based on what they've learned. After reading this great work of children’s literature give students opportunities to share what they've discovered.
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