The Van Gogh Cafe Lesson Plans & Activities Package, Fourth Grade (CCSS)

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Grade: 4
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This set of lesson plans, resources, and activities is for use with “The Van Gogh Café” by Cynthia Rylant. 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 “The Van Gogh Café” 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 Inferences
- Identifying the Author’s Purpose 
- Determining Importance 
- Asking Questions
- Understanding Text Structures 
- 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
- Answer Keys 
- Common Core State Standard Alignment
BONUS: Surprise Sample Resource

I hope that you will enjoy using my resources along with your copy or copies of “The Van Gogh Café” by Cynthia Rylant. 

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

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Reading Comprehension Lessons

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Hi, my name is Amy Mackenzie. As a former classroom teacher and reading interventionist I often found it difficult to “fit it all in.” Phonics, Word Study, Vocabulary Development, Reading Comprehension Work, Writing About Reading, Differentiated Instruction – ugh – Who has the time? I also found that the books in the leveled library didn't engage my students. They were boring and had highly predictable story lines. As a result, I began to use the award winning quality literature from my school and classroom libraries to teach reading. Soon, my students were asking for more books and looked forward to reading. I also began to integrate the key components of reading instruction into my reading lessons both for whole group and small group delivery. My students’ reading levels improved, test scores improved and a classroom community of readers was born. I know how busy teachers’ lives can be. Finding the time to create new resources can be a daunting task in and of itself. That’s why I created Reading Comprehension Lessons. The lesson plans and resources that I began to create for my classroom were of no use filed away on my laptop. So today I am thrilled to share my lesson plans and resources with teachers who want to use the chapter and picture books they know and love to teach reading. I hope that my lesson plans and resources will make teaching reading a little bit easier and help your students to discover and enjoy reading.

Amy Mackenzie
Reading Comprehension Lessons
amy@ReadingComprehensionLessons.com