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    Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco: Reading Response Road Map

    Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco: Reading Response Road Map

    Take a navigated journey through a picture book! Use this reading response map as your guide through Patricia Polacco's Thunder Cake.

    In this story, while gathering the ingredients for her grandmother's "thunder cake," a young girl begins to overcome her fear of storms. Recipe for "thunder cake" is included. This book aligns with Guided Reading Level M, and introduces such topics as weather, food and cooking, grandparents, and feelings and emotions.

    On the reading response map, prompts in text boxes, along with art cues, guide students’ comprehension about the story they are reading. The prompts help students to build comprehension skills, such as:

    • recalling events
    • describing characters
    • predicting outcomes
    • exploring cause-and-effect relationships
    • making personal connections,
    • and more!

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    Teaching With Favorite Patricia Polacco Books

    Teaching With Favorite Patricia Polacco Books

    by Immacula A. Rhodes

    The stories of Patricia Polacco inspire young readers to appreciate family heritage, examine personal attitudes, and find reason to hope, dream, and reach for the stars. Introduce children to the work of this popular author-illustrator with activities like Thunder Cake Math and the Babushka Attribute Game! Includes Before and After Reading discussion ideas plus hands-on activities and reproducibles that build skills in reading, writing, math, art, and more.

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The Trees of the Dancing Goats

Author: Patricia Polacco

Illustrator: Patricia Polacco

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Kindness and Compassion, Helping Others, Christmas, Hanukkah

About This Book

Trisha loves the eight days of Hanukkah, when her mother stays home from work, her Babushka makes delicious potato "latkes, " and her Grampa carves wonderful animals out of wood as gifts for Trisha and her brother. In the middle of her family's preparation for the festival of lights, Trisha visits her closest neighbors, expecting to find them decorating their house for Christmas. Instead they are all bedridden with scarlet fever. Trisha's family is one of the few who has been spared from the epidemic. It is difficult for them to enjoy their Hanukkah feast when they know that their neighbors won't be able to celebrate their holiday.

Then Grampa has an inspiration: they will cut down trees, decorate them, and secretly deliver them to the neighbors, "But what can we decorate them with?" Babushka asks. Although it is a sacrifice, Trisha realizes that Grampa's carved animals are the perfect answer. Soon her living room is filled with trees — but that is only the first miracle of many during an incredible holiday season.

Based on a long cherished childhood memory, this story celebrates the miracle of true friendship.

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