Dragons Love Tacos lessons, activities, and ideas galore!
Dragons Love Tacos Lessons: Read Aloud
In the picture book Dragons Love Tacos, we learn about dragons’ favorite food, tacos. However, if you’re going to feed dragons tacos, you must make certain there are no spicy toppings.
Dragons do not like spicy salsa. This fun story is about a little boy who loves dragons and decides to throw a taco party for them. However, he doesn’t realize the mild salsa he got has pieces of jalapeno peppers in it! Did you know that spicy salsa can turn a friendly dragon into a fire-breathing salsa dragon?
We knew we had to include Adam Rubin’s book in our Engaging Readers units!
Here are a few of the comprehension questions and Dragons Love Tacos activities we included in our week-long lesson plans.
Your students are sure to vote this as their favorite book.
Dragons Love Tacos: Making Predictions
One of the first reading comprehension strategies we focus on is predictions. We ask the students to predict what will happen next with this writing prompt:
The boy realizes there were jalapenos in the salsa. What do you think will happen next?
We love that students can make their meaning known through illustrations and words. However, the key skill we want to make sure we include is the student discussion. Students first turn and talk before they pick up a pencil. This daily partner work really helps elevate the discussions and develop oral language. Don’t skip it.
Dragons Love Tacos: Cause and Effect
We also ask students to think about the cause and effect of the characters’ actions.
We start with this pocket chart activity. Students sort the cards according to the details in the text.
Then students complete their own version. These examples are from kindergarten students, but this comprehension strategy is also perfect for first grade students and second grade students.
Here is the digital version of this activity. You can add this version to your Google Slides or Seesaw Account.
Dragons Love Tacos: Making Connections
Here is one of the writing prompts for this book on making connections.
Sometimes readers make connections when they read. The boy’s bedroom tells us a
lot about him. We can tell that he likes to read because he has lots of books on his bookshelf. We can also tell he likes dragons because he has books, pictures, models, and toys of dragons. What would your room tell us about you? Provide specific details.
We love these kindergarten responses.
Dragons Love Tacos Video
With an interactive read aloud, each day, the teacher reads the book or sections of the book to the students. Having the book is essential. However, once a week, it is a nice change to have a recorded version of the book. This provides another example of reading fluency.
Here is a great video version of Dragons Love Tacos.
Dragons Love Tacos – Craft and Sentence Study
Each week we additional engaging activities like a craft and a sentence study.
The sentence study is included in our printable lesson plan version.
Here are some photos of our young readers hard at work.
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This book companion also has response pages that are appropriate for 1st grade and 2nd grade!
If you are looking for digital activities for Dragons Love Tacos, you can find that resource in this file.
You can also see a blog post about the digital verion.