Fantasy (fiction), 367 words, Level J (Grade 1), Lexile 500L
Why I'm Late Today is the fantastical tale of a young girl who is late to school after a trip to the planet Norbot. After sharing breakfast with the Norbotians and landing the spaceship in the schoolyard, she must explain herself to the school secretary. Colorful and engaging illustrations support the humorous text. Students will have opportunities to identify cause-and-effect relationships as well as to practice retelling skills.
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Guided Reading Lesson
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Retell to understand text
Identify cause and effect
Discriminate short vowel /i/ sound
Identify short vowel i
Grammar and Mechanics
Recognize and use quotation marks
Understand and use suffix -ed
Think, Collaborate, Discuss
Promote higher-order thinking for small groups or whole class
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