Five Busy Elves Lesson Plans & Activities Package, First Grade (CCSS)

My goal was to make it easy to teach readers how to think about “Five Busy Elves” using a variety of comprehension strategies. That’s why I’ve included page by page lesson plans, guided practice worksheets, and text specific reader’s notebook prompts for the following strategies:

  • Retelling and Summarizing
  • Making Connections
  • Making Inferences
  • Visualizing

I also created an Extension Activity for early finishers.

Next, I find that vocabulary instruction works best when it’s done within the context of books that students are already reading. That’s why I’ve included the following vocabulary resources:

  • Vocabulary Word List
  • Flash Cards (match words to pictures and match words to definitions)
  • Interactive Vocabulary Notebook Cards
  • Vocabulary Word Games Printable
  • Personal Vocabulary Word Bookmark

I’ve also included a word study lesson plan and set of activities, because, much like vocabulary, I find that word study works best within context. As a result, I have identified word patterns within trade books and have developed lesson plans and resources based on the word study that can be done with specific books. The lesson plan and set of resources for “Five Busy Elves” focuses on rhyming word families and includes the following:

  • Lesson Plan
  • Interactive Activity
  • Practice Page
  • Independent Word Work

This set of resources also includes the following:

  • Running Record Assessment
  • Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standard Alignment
  • Spanish translation of the comprehension strategy practice pages, reader’s notebook prompts (complete with Spanish Common Core “I Can” statements), and extension activities for use with “Five Busy Elves”
  • BONUS: Surprise Sample Resource

I hope that you will enjoy using my resources along with your copy or copies of “Five Busy Elves” by Patricia Hegarty.

If you have any questions about the resources included in this set please email me at It will be my pleasure to reply and help you in any way I can.

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Created: Nov 23, 2018

Updated: Dec 17, 2018

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