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LESSON 26 TEACHER’S GUIDE

A Surprise for Ms. Green


by James Brissette

Fountas-Pinnell Level J
Realistic Fiction
Selection Summary
Ms. Green is sick with the flu and her students want to do something
special for her because she is so nice. At first, Tran can’t think of
anything to do for her, but because he is a good writer, he writes
special things about Ms. Green and he and his classmates perform a
show for her on her return. Number of Words: 393

Characteristics of the Text


Genre • Realistic fiction
Text Structure • First-person narrative
• Problem/solution
Content • Appreciation for a good teacher
• Creativity
Themes and Ideas • Everyone is good at something and can contribute to a creative project.
• It is good to show your appreciation.
Language and • Realistic dialogue
Literary Features • Details show characters’ feelings.
Sentence Complexity • Some simple sentences: My teacher is the best.
• Some longer sentences: “Thank you for all the effort you put into this wonderful show,”
she said.
Vocabulary • Words relating to creativity: dancing, picture, neat, messy, write, perform, sang
Words • Many high frequency words: above, bear, even, pushed, studied, surprised, teacher,
toward
• Some more challenging words: decide, effort, perform
Illustrations • Pictures support each page of text.
Book and Print Features • Nine pages of text, illustrations on every page
• Seven to ten lines of text on a page
• Use of ellipses
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A Surprise for Ms. Green by James Brissette

Build Background
Read the title to children and ask them to use the cover illustration to think about where
the story might take place. Encourage children to use their experience of contributing to a
class project to think about the story. Anticipate the text with a question such as: If your
class decided to do something special for a teacher, what might you do?

Introduce the Text


Guide students through the text, noting important ideas and helping with unfamiliar
language and vocabulary so they can read the text successfully. Here are some
suggestions:
Page 2: Explain that this story is about Tran and his classmates; they want to do
something special for their teacher, Ms. Green. Tran is telling the story.
Suggested language: Turn to page 2 and look at the picture. You can see the
narrator of the story in the striped shirt. What is Tran doing? He says: My teacher
is the best. What does that mean?
Pages 4–5: Remind children that they can use information in the pictures to help
them read. Explain that Ms. Green has the flu. The children are trying to decide
how to cheer her up and thank her for being a great teacher. What can you tell
about how Tran is feeling from looking at these pictures? Why might he feel
that way?
Page 8: Turn to page 8 and look at the picture. Why might Tran look happier here?
Some members of the class will perform for Ms. Green. Tran and his classmates
are putting a lot of effort into the performance for their teacher. What a nice
surprise for her!
Now go back to the beginning and read to find out about the surprise for Ms.
Green.

Learn More Words


decide effort perform

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Read
As the children read, observe them carefully. Guide them as needed, using language that
supports their problem solving ability.

Respond to the Text


Personal Response
Ask children to share their personal responses to the story. Begin by asking what they
liked best about the book, or what they found most interesting.
Suggested language: What do you think Ms. Green feels about the students in her class?

Ways of Thinking
As you discuss the text, help students understand these teaching points:
Thinking Within the Text Thinking Beyond the Text Thinking About the Text
• Ms. Green is a great teacher. • Everyone is good at something • The author uses details to
She’s out with the flu and her and can contribute to a creative show how children are good at
students want to thank her and project. different things.
cheer her up.
• It is good to show your • The author uses ellipses to show
• Because Tran can’t draw and appreciation. unfinished thoughts.
can’t dance, he isn’t sure what
he can do for Ms. Green.
• He writes about Ms. Green and
his classmates perform; Ms.
Green is touched.
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Choices for Support


Fluency
Invite children to choose a passage from the text to read aloud. Remind them to use rising
and falling tones related to meaning and punctuation. Have them pay particular attention to
pausing after ellipses on page 2 or page 10.

Phonics and Word Work


Provide practice as needed with words and sounds, using one of the following activities:
• Word Parts Provide practice as needed with words and word parts, using examples
from the story. Remind children that a base word with the ending –ed is used to tell
about the past. Have them name and spell the base word in these words from the
story: studied, looked, slumped, gulped, pushed, danced. Point out that some words
show the past without the ending –ed. Say these irregular past-tense words from the
text, and help children to name the present-tense form: wrote, came, stood, read.
• Contractions Have children list contractions from the story and take them apart: that’s/
that is; don’t/do not, she’ll/she will; it’s/it is; I’ll/I will; you’re/you are, etc.

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Writing About Reading
Critical Thinking
Read the directions for children on BLM 26.7 and guide them in answering the questions.

Responding
Read aloud the questions at the back of the book and help children complete the activities.

Target Comprehension Skill


Compare and Contrast Remind children that when they compare and
contrast they tell how two things are alike or not. Model how to compare and contrast:

Think Aloud

How is Tran like Katie? Both are in Ms. Green’s class. Both really like
Ms. Green and want to do something special for her because she is sick.
But Katie knows right away that she wants to dance for Ms. Green. Tran
slumps down in his chair because he isn’t good at dancing. But Tran is
good at writing. So Tran, Katie, and the rest of the class work together to
perform something special for Ms. Green.

Practice the Skill


Have children compare and contrast two characters in another story.

Writing Prompt
Read aloud the following prompt. Have children write their response, using the writing
prompt on page 6.
Do the children in Ms. Green’s class work well together? Why or why not? Write a
paragraph telling what you think. Use details from the story to support what you say.

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English Language Learners
Front-Load Vocabulary Make sure children know the meaning of flu and slumped.
Children might also need help in understanding My teacher is the best (p. 2) and I’m so
touched (p. 10.)

Oral Language Development


Check the children’s comprehension, using a dialogue that best matches their
English proficiency level. Speaker 1 is the teacher, Speaker 2 is the child.
Beginning/ Early Intermediate Intermediate Early Advanced/ Advanced
Speaker 1: What does Ms. Green have? Speaker 1: What does Katie want to do Speaker 1: Why do Ms. Green’s
for Ms. Green? students want to do something
Speaker 2: the flu
nice for Ms. Green?
Speaker 2: dance for her
Speaker 1: What does Jamal draw?
Speaker 2: They want to cheer her
Speaker 1: How do Tran’s pictures
Speaker 2: a bear up and to thank her for being a
always look?
great teacher.
Speaker 1: What does Tran write
Speaker 2: They look messy.
about? Speaker 1: Why does Tran slump
in his chair?
Speaker 2: Ms. Green
Speaker 2: He isn’t good at
dancing or drawing.

Lesson 26
BLACKLINE MASTER 26.9
Name

Think About It
A Surprise for Ms. Green
Think About It

Write an answer to the question. Responses may vary.

1. Why does Tran change his mind about doing something


for Ms. Green?

He finds out there is something he can

do well.

Making Connections Think about something you


made or did that other people liked. Write some
sentences to tell about it.

Read directions to children.


Think About It 11 Grade 1, Unit 6: Three Cheers for Us!
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Name Date

A Surprise for Ms. Green


Do the children in Ms. Green’s class
work well together? Why or why not? Write a
paragraph telling what you think. Use details from
the story to support what you say.

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Lesson 26
BLACKLINE MASTER 7
Name

Think About It
A Surprise for Ms. Green
Think About It

Write an answer to the question.

1. Why does Tran change his mind about doing something


for Ms. Green?

Making Connections Think about something you


made or did that other people liked. Write some
sentences to tell about it.

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Lesson 26
Student Date BLACKLINE MASTER 26.14

A Surprise for Ms. Green • LEVEL J A Surprise for Ms. Green


Running Record Form

page Selection Text Errors Self-Corrections

8 We were

ready when Ms. Green came back.

9 We all stood at the front of

the room. Ms. Green looked very

surprised. My heart pounded.

“You are a great teacher,” I read.

I read and read. Jamal

showed his pictures. Katie danced.

Tessa and some other kids sang

a song.

10 When we were done,

Ms. Green clapped and walked

toward us.

Comments: Accuracy Rate Self-Correction


(# words read Rate
correctly/61 × 100) (# errors + #
% Self-Corrections/
Self-Corrections)
1:

Behavior Code Error Behavior Code Error


1413375

Substitution cut 1
Read word correctly ✓ 0 cat
cat
Self-corrects cut sc 0
cat
Repeated word, ® 0
sentence, or phrase cat Insertion the 1
cat


Omission cat 1 Word told T 1
cat

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