Martin’s Big Words Literacy Unit

In honor Of Black History Month, the Literacy unit for February is based around the book Martin’s Big Words. Here are the activities produced by the group during our September work day:

Literature Study- (Month of January- His birthday January 15th)- Adapted for an intermediate group

(5th grade- Social Studies Core Content)

Pre-reading literacy activities:

  1. Present cover of book to each student. (There is a picture, but no title on cover page).
  2. Go to each student in the group and ask “What would you name this book?”
  3. Flip through the book and do a “Book Walk” by looking at the pictures briefly.
  4. PREDICT what you think the book will be about? (each student)
  5. Three (3) MAIN WH?s to think about and answer throughout and after reading the book. Write these on the Dry Erase Board for visual cues.
  1. Who is this?
  2. When did he live?
  3. What did he do?
  • Start reading book- answer wh?s throughout.
  • For student(s) working on vocalic “AR”- have student say “Martin” each time the word comes up in the book by pointing to student. Use pirate sound “AR” and hand models to show placement cues for back of tongue elevation.

After Reading:

  1. Ask about the 3 main WH?s written down. (Use book as reference.)
  2. Sequence the five (5) main events in the story.
  3. Create a main idea for the book.
  4. Each student takes turns re-telling parts of the story. (Can do Beginning-Middle-End)
  5. Ask inferencing questions about pictures and text.
  6. Go over figurative language that is in the book.
  7. Define targeted vocabulary using context clues and illustrations

Making Connection:

Question- How would YOU feel if you were Martin? (Draw/Art activity).

Additional activities to be considered/used:

  1. Can use Boardmaker pictures with field of 4 picture choices.
  2. For Preschool- talk about colors and shapes in the pictures.
  3. Discuss unfamiliar vocabulary concepts with the students.
  4. Add other articulation sounds that are appropriate in the group
  5. Extend to talking about months of the year.
  6. Make copies of portions of the story; have students highlight/practice their targeted sounds
  7. Make copies (color if possible) of important pictures and sequence story.
  8. Discuss the themes/visual concepts in the book-flags, stained glass, art and why the author chose them.
  9. Write and perform a skit based on the story.
  10. Talk about about family and who can make up a family.




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