Realistic (fiction), 422 words, Spanish Level J (Grade 2), Lexile 550L, Fiction Series
Maria and her family are preparing for Christmas and waiting for their family from Mexico to arrive. Once her family arrives, Maria meets her new cousin, Ruben, for the first time. The family celebrates Christmas by attending church, opening gifts, and eating Christmas dinner. Students will have the opportunity to sequence events and compare their winter holiday celebrations to Maria's as they read this book.
Use the reading strategy of connecting to prior knowledge to understand text
Identify consonants Bb and Vv
Grammar and Mechanics
Recognize and use lines of dialogue
Think, Collaborate, Discuss
Promote higher-order thinking for small groups or whole class
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