Wordy Birdy reading lesson ideas for kindergarten, first grade, or second grade!
Let me start by saying, Wordy Birdy is GREAT! The bright and vivid illustrations along with the lesson about being a good listener make this book a sure favorite. Check out some fun and engaging second grade reading comprehension lessons found in our Engaging Readers Second Grade.
Wordy Birdy Second Grade Reading Comprehension Lessons
Day 1 Problem and Solution
After reading Wordy Birdy, lead students in a discussion about the problem that Wordy Birdy had in the story. Brainstorm with students to come up with a variety of ways the problem could have been solved. As a class, complete an interactive writing lesson to form a message about the problem and solution in the story being sure to include the topic sentence, three supporting details, and a conclusion sentence. Are you unsure about interactive writing? Have no fear, we’ve created a video with some tips.
After modeling, students complete their own responses.
Day 2 Retelling with Text Details
Read the story a second time. Your focus today is on retelling. You can complete the retell as a class and then have students create a retell strip of their own.
We have two variations on retelling. The one above is geared towards second grade students. The one below is geared towards kindergarten and first grade students. Here is the digital version of the retelling activity.
Day 3 Making Connections
Students make connections to the story. I can imagine that A LOT of our sweeties can relate to Wordy Birdy. This can make for a great discussion.
Day 4 Exploring Theme
This book has such a great lesson! This is the perfect time to teach students that books are oftentimes written with a theme.
Day 5 Opinion Writing
Time for opinion writing! Students love writing their favorite part of the story. In second grade, we do expect supporting details and often teach this throughout the year. This opinion writing is just one more way to extend that practice.
Also, don’t forget about the self-check at the bottom of the student response sheets. This allows students to be mindful of their writing and help them to self-check their mechanics.
Of course, we have a craft! Students had fun creating their own version of Wordy Birdy.
Do you love Engaging Readers for second grade? Here is another book you could use this winter: