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Counting by 7s

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In Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan, Willow experiences the death of her adoptive parents in a tragic traffic accident, grief, becoming a foster child, and a recovery that entwines itself around the lives of everyone she touches. The Kids Wings literature guide offers exciting curriculum connections with enrichment and extension for your reading of this poignant story of Willow, an adopted, gifted middle schooler who was all too familiar with hardship. Willow's journey from grief to recovery is made possible by a Vietnamese family, an awkward inept counselor, a taxi driver, and her own love of plants. It will provide opportunities to collaborate, problem solve, and build skills in 47 pages of interdisciplinary activities formulated as worksheets PLUS an interactive Jeopardy-type game. The activities are perfect for paired, group, or whole class study, and are keyed into important objectives. This Kids Wings unit ignites mastery learning and provides lesson planning with handouts or projection on your electronic board!

Activities in the Kids Wings Counting by 7s Guide include:

  • This Kids Wings Activity Guide Contains:
  • Pre-Reading Discussion Cards
  • 3-Page Choral Reading Script 
  • Where in the World Does Willow Live? Map Skills
  • Preparing Your Intellectual Tools, Dialectical Journal
  • Character Studies,
  • 11 Pages of Chapter Vocabulary Lists and Predict-Read-Confirm Chapter Questions
  • 7 Pages of Multiple Choice and Short-Answer Chapter Questions
  • 3 Pages of Visualizing the Story
  • Signs of Grief Cards PLUS Stages of Grief Descriptions
  • Applying Focused Quotations
  • Writing Prompt: Police Accident Report
  • Character and Vocabulary Count Crossword Puzzle
  • Identifying Point of View and Tense in the Story
  • A Tense Situation
  • Analogies
  • Logic Puzzle: Reaching Our Potential
  • Poetry that Grows Out of Experience: Writing
  • Research Guides with Big 6 Sequence
  • Discussion and Writing Prompts
  • Answer Pages
  • Plus, a BONUS Interactive Jeopardy-type Game

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