How are we better together?
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How do families and friends work as a team?
Mama's Coming Home by Kate Banks
Text Complexity Considerations:
Quantitative Measure (Readability measures and other scores of text complexity): Reading Level: 4.0
Qualitative Measure (Levels of meaning, structure, language conventionality and clarity, and knowledge demands): First grade students who are already proficient with decoding will be able to read this text with its helpful picture clues and a repeating line: "Mama's coming home." Students will readily relate to the idea of working together to prepare for someone's arrival.
Reader and Task Considerations (Reader variables (such as motivation, knowledge, and experiences) and task variables (such as purpose and the complexity generated by the task assigned and the questions posed): The story takes a brief moment in time and relates in text and picture detail how a family prepares for a working mother's homecoming. The narrow focus of this story facilitates retelling and summarizing using a story map.
Display a picture of an open door. Ask students to name someone who leaves their home and comes home every day. Tell students that you are going to read a story about what happens in one family when it's time for a working mom to come home. Use a document camera to show illustrations that will guide students in retelling the story. Engage in an interactive read aloud. Use any or all of these text-dependent questions to engage students in a cooperative discussion with a partner or with the students in their groups.
Have students complete a Beginning-Middle-End Story Map to summarize the story:
**Prepare for small group/guided reading instruction by selecting appropriate text and materials. Make connections to the concept of Teamwork wherever possible.
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