Amazing Grace Book Activities
Do you have a copy of the picture book Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman? If so, I have some fun activities for you to do with your students! Without further ado, let’s get started!
Amazing Grace Book Summary
Grace loves stories! Grace likes to pantomime characters from stories told in books, movies, and the stories her grandmother shares with her. So when it is announced that Grace’s class will be putting on a school play, Peter Pan, Grace knows exactly who she wants to be. Grace wants to play the role of Peter Pan.
Her classmates point out that Grace is a young girl and Peter is a boy. They also point out that Peter wasn’t black. She is not deterred, and with the support of Grace’s family, she sets out to become the best Peter Pan EVER!
Amazing Grace Read Aloud Comprehension Questions
Mary Hoffman’s book is one of the great books we included in our Engaging Readers reading comprehension series. Here are some of the discussion questions we included in the week-long reading unit lesson plans.
Amazing Grace Character Traits
One of the first questions that we ask with this mentor text surrounds the traits of the main character, Grace. Here is the writing prompt:
Knowing the characters helps readers understand what they are reading. You can get to know the characters by thinking about how they look and what they do and say. Think about Grace in this story. What words would you use to describe her?
Amazing Grace Retelling with Text Details
Most of our reading lessons ask students to start at the beginning of the story and retell the events in order. These retelling cards are an important way to support oral language development in young children.
Once these cards are in order, students turn to their elbow partners and practice retelling from the beginning to the end of the story.
Then students create their retelling.
Amazing Grace Making Connections
On another day, students are asked if they can make a connection with Grace’s story. Here is the discussion prompt:
Sometimes readers make connections when they read. Nana tells Grace that she can do anything that she puts her mind to. What is a goal that you want to accomplish? How will you accomplish your goal?
These response pages work well as graphic organizers for students.
Amazing Grace Activities - Vocabulary Study
With each of our storybook companions, we are always on the lookout for new words. While the word “amazing” may not be a new word for most students, check out all of the other words we can discuss!
In our units of study we not only learn the meanings of words, we also look to expand our vocabulary by looking at synonyms and sometimes antonyms.
Amazing Grace Extension Activities
We love how this little activity turned out.
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Amazing Grace Book Video
Here is a great video of the book, Amazing Grace. We always recommend using a book to teach comprehension. However, it is nice to have students experience another model of reading fluency.
Additional Lesson Plan Ideas
We read Amazing Grace in the fall, but the book is wonderful for any time of the year. Here are a few other fall activities.
Scarecrow Fall Poem for Kindergarten
This is an older photo, but we sure love this sweet poem! We are looking at and highlighting the words that we know and can read.
You can find this fall poem by clicking:
Fall Writing Center for Kindergarten
November means a new writing center is added to classroom!
You can find this writing center by clicking:
Grace’s quest to play the part of Peter Pan in her class play is heartwarming. I highly recommend downloading the editable lesson plan template so you can use it in your classroom today. With this resource, you will be able to personalize the lessons and activities to fit the needs of your classroom or family. What are you waiting for? Start reading Amazing Grace today! You won’t regret it!
Additional Lesson plans
Do you want to find more lesson plans like these Amazing Grace Book Activities? Here are a few:
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