Realistic (fiction), 1,355 words, Level V (Grade 4), Lexile 830L
Multilevel Book also available in levels P and S
The Bird's Nest is an endearing story about a girl named Rima, a Syrian refugee living in the United States. She and her mother bake bird's nest baklava for a local bake sale, sharing a favorite dessert from their homeland with others. Detailed illustrations and an engaging storyline will teach students about refugees and show that, no matter our background, we can always find similarities with someone else. The book can also be used to teach students how to make inferences and draw conclusions as well as to retell to better understand the story. The book and lesson are also available for levels P and S.
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Leveled Book Lesson
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Retell to understand text
Make inferences and draw conclusions using clues found in the text
Grammar and Mechanics
Recognize and use commas to separate dialogue
Place words in alphabetical order
Think, Collaborate, Discuss
Promote higher-order thinking for small groups or whole class
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