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The Relatives Came Read Aloud Lesson Plans for Kindergarten & First Grade

Reading aloud to students is a great way to help them build comprehension skills and love of reading. These activities, crafts, and lesson plan ideas are based on the book, The Relatives Came, by Cynthia Rylant.

The Relatives Came Read Aloud and Lesson activities

Reading aloud to students is a great way to help them build comprehension skills and love of reading. These activities, crafts, and lesson plan ideas are based on the book, The Relatives Came, by Cynthia Rylant.  (affiliate links)

Having family members that come to visit for a visit is something many students can make a connection with. Why not use their visit as an opportunity to do some fun read aloud activities with your students? In this blog post, we’ll share read aloud lesson ideas and activities that you can use with your students. 

The Relatives Came Read Aloud

Cynthia Rylant’s book, The Relatives Came is such a great book to read either before Thanksgiving or after.  This book was illustrated by Stephen Gammell. Gammell has been recognized numerous times as an award-winning children’s books author. The Relatives Came was a Caldecott Honor book in 1986!

Here is a summary from Amazon:

“In a rainbow-colored station wagon that smelled like a real car, the relatives came. When they arrived, they hugged and hugged from the kitchen to the front room. All summer they tended the garden and ate up all the strawberries and melons. They plucked banjos and strummed guitars.

When they finally had to leave, they were sad, but not for long. They all knew they would be together next summer.”

The Relatives Came Activities – Reading Comprehension Questions

One of the criteria we use for selecting an interactive read-aloud is text complexity. We want to be certain that our mini lesson focus helps to support our young readers listening comprehension skills. Children books, like, The Relatives Came does fills that need perfectly!

The Relatives Came Read Aloud Activities – Visualization

One skill we practice with this mentor text is making a mental image as we read. Students will hear Cynthia Rylant’s rich vocabulary and make a picture in their minds. Here is the writing prompt for this lesson.

Reading aloud to students is a great way to help them build comprehension skills and love of reading. These activities, crafts, and lesson plan ideas are based on the book, The Relatives Came, by Cynthia Rylant.
I love this! "I [think] they will hug, hug, hug."

The Relatives Came Read Aloud Activities – Retelling with text details

We have printable images and a digital resource you can use to help students organize their ability to sequence the story.

Here is the digital version of the story sequencing.  This is a simple PowerPoint slide, but you can easily add it to your Google Classroom activities if you wish.

After the book images are put in order, students practice retelling the story to their partners. Then students will complete their own retelling.

The Relatives Came Read Aloud Activities – Making Connections

While I was working with a school in Georgia a few years ago, I snapped a few pictures. The students in Mrs. Morris’s class were making text-to-self connections with the text. You can also add the complete sentence activity to this craft!

In additional activity using this book is to make connections with the story. We talk about what a relative is and students tell about a time they had a visit with a relative. They love writing and drawing on Post-it notes.

The Relatives Came Read Aloud Activities – Inferring

This inferring question is discussed with students on the 4th day of the interactive read aloud.  Here is the inferring writing prompt.

The Relatives Came Read Aloud – Opinion Writing

We usually round the week out with an opinion writing piece.  However, a written response is not needed for each day.  The important element of an interactive read-aloud is the student discussion.

The Relatives Came Craft Activity

You can find all of these activities including the retelling pieces, anchor charts, sentence study and even this fun craft by clicking:

Reading aloud to students is a great way to help them build comprehension skills and love of reading. These activities, crafts, and lesson plan ideas are based on the book, The Relatives Came, by Cynthia Rylant.

The Relatives Came Video

We really love this video version of The Relatives Came!

Thanksgiving Math Centers

Here are a few of the math centers that have a Thanksgiving Theme!

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Thanksgiving math center for kindergarten

You can find these kindergarten math centers by clicking:

Free Lesson Plan Template

You can download this free lesson plan template.  Guess what?  It is editable so you can make changes to match your own classroom needs!

Simply click on the image below to download the template.

I hope you found a few fun ideas and activities that you can use with Cynthia Rylant’s book, The Relatives Came! This great story is one of my favorites.

Be sure to download the template today. It’s a great way to keep all of your lesson planning organized and in one place. 

Want to learn more?

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Reading aloud to students is a great way to help them build comprehension skills and love of reading. These activities, crafts, and lesson plan ideas are based on the book, The Relatives Came, by Cynthia Rylant.

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Deedee Wills

Deedee Wills

My teaching career allowed me to experience teaching in different classroom environments and grades. My heart belongs to early childhood education. My job is to make teaching FUN, ENGAGING, and EASIER. Welcome!

Hi, I'm DeedeE.

My teaching career allowed me to experience teaching in different classroom environments and grades. My heart belongs to early childhood education. My job is to make teaching FUN, ENGAGING, and EASIER. Welcome!
 

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    1. Hi Becky! The free file is the BUMP center game. The files for The Relatives Came are available for purchase. You can see the link on where to find those in the blog post. I hope that helps.

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