Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato Lesson Plans & Activities Package, Second Grade (CCSS)

This set of lesson plans, resources, and activities is for use with Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato by Tomie dePaola. It can be used for whole group, small group, and independent instruction – which makes these resources a smart choice for literacy centers or Reader’s Workshop.

Here’s What You’ll Get and Why:

My goal was to make it easy to teach readers how to think about Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato 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:

  • Making Predictions
  • Visualizing
  • Determining Importance
  • Understanding Text Structure
  • Synthesizing

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

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 Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato
  • BONUS: Surprise Sample Resource

I hope that you will enjoy using my resources along with your copy or copies of Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato by Tomie dePaola.

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Created: Mar 11, 2019

Updated: Apr 1, 2019

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