Those of you who follow me, know that I LOVE book companions. I think that they are a great way of supplementing children’s literature in a meaningful and enriching ways. I also love certain children’s authors and Keiko Kasza just happens to be on the top of that list.
Her books just have so much to offer! Bright engaging illustrations, sophisticated vocabulary words, lots of humor and irony, you name it. That is why I was so excited to do a material swap with Kathy Grover from Speech All the Time. Kathy is currently reviewing my “Language Difference vs. language Disorder” packet on assessment and treatment of bilingual and multicultural children, and I am reviewing her “Badger’s Fancy Meal” by Keiko Kasza book companion packet.
Let me start off by noting that the packet contains complete lesson plans and activities for 4 sessions. This is very detailed for a companion packet since most of them are not designed to be that comprehensive. It’s also a feature which definitely makes Kathy’s companion packet stand out from the crowd.
The beauty of the packet is that you can use the lessons as is, especially if you are a grad student or a CFY who is just starting out in our profession and needs a bit more structure and guidance.
You could also make the lessons shorter to suit the needs of your students. Whichever way you decide to go Kathy does recommend that the activities be presented in order since they build upon each other.
Now lets proceed to the packet contents:
- Animal Facts
- Vocabulary Words
- Context Clues
- Craft Activity
- Game with Game Cards focused on answering “wh” questions related specifically to the story (awesome thematic activity)
- Sequencing Activity
Using the above material you can use the packet in innumerable ways!
You can teach new information, predicting and inferencing skills, new vocabulary, synonyms, antonyms, multiple meaning words and idioms. You can build oral narratives and story retelling skills.
If you are working with a group of students you can put up a play in which kids play different story characters and have to act out the book. And of course you can always use the game to focus on comprehension of -wh questions to reinforce vocabulary and story knowledge.
This great companion has so much to offer and you can find it for a mere $4.75 in Kathy’s TPT Store.
So we decided to do a Raflecopter giveaway of these products on our respective blogs! She’ll be giving away her Badger’s Fancy Meal packet on her Blog. while I’ll be giving away my Language Difference vs. language Disorder packet on mine.
SO DON’T FORGET TO ENTER BOTH GIVEAWAYS TO MAXIMIZE YOUR CHANCES TO WIN BOTH Prizes!
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