Copyright Date: 2015
Published by: Scholastic Inc.
Lexile Reading Level: 500
Grade Level Recommendation: 3rd Grade
Common Core State Standard: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.3
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events
Suggested Delivery: Independent reading
- glared: a fiercely or angrily piercing stare.
- sneer: to smile, laugh, or contort the face in a manner that shows scorn or contempt
- bully: a blustering, quarrelsome, overbearing person who intimidates others
- priority: something given special attention
- practice: repeated performance or systematic exercise for the purpose of acquiring skill or proficiency
- supportive: providing sympathy or encouragement
- enthusiastic: full of passion or excitement
- intimidate: to force into or deter from some action by inducing fear
- taunting: to provoke by taunts
- Before: Read the first chapter aloud to the students. Make sure to use enthusiasm in order to set the tone for the rest of the story.
- During: Tell the students to write down basic facts about the story. These facts can include the setting, characters (main and supporting), and plot up to that point.
- After: Ask the students to write down a few questions they would ask Rhino. Set a minimum for the number of questions they must ask. Have them switch and answer someone else’s questions.
Writing Activity Suggestion: In the story, Rhino’s grandfather gives him a lot of advice. In groups or individually, instruct the students to write down examples of some advice Rhino’s grandfather gave him throughout the story. Have the students write a detailed”thank you” note to Rhino’s grandfather thanking him for the advice and help. Make sure the students use specific examples in the note.
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- Thank You Note Lesson Plan– Do your students know how to write a formal “thank you” note? Here is a lesson plan with ideas on how to introduce writing letters.
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