Since this is my favorite St. Patrick's Day book, I created a bunch of fun activities aligned to Common Core Standards for Grades 3 to 5 to go along with it!
In our classroom this year, I'll spend two days reading Jamie O'Rourke. Even though the story isn't terribly difficult to understand, I want to provide lots of time for my students to discuss how Jamie responds to the challenges he faces.
On the second day, we will spend time discussing the illustrations and how they deepen our understanding of the text.
We spent some time a few weeks ago analyzing the images from Dr.Seuss' The Lorax, so I'm looking for some deeper observations about the images and what they tell us about the characters and perhaps a hidden message from the author. This is a common core standard my kiddos had some difficulty with when we took our practice ELA, so it's important that I keep hitting on this standard (RL5.7). I made some discussion cards and a response sheet for my students to focus their thinking on images.
The actual product contains much more than I've outlined right here. Check out the TpT listing for all of the details! But please know, these activities are based on the book. They aren't generic prompts that could work with any text. The questions are all text dependent and aligned to Common Core Standards.
Tell me, what do you have planned for your class to celebrate St. Patrick's Day?