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The Day You Begin: Novel Effect 1st-3rd Activities

Keep students engaged with Novel Effect activities before, during, and after your read-aloud of Jacqueline Woodson’s The Day You Begin.
read the day you begin with Novel Effect, followed by book activities

Pair The Day You Begin Novel Effect read-aloud with no prep book activities to keep students engaged. Select from a dozen activities that support English Language standards and social-emotional learning. As a result of the activities included, students will be able to:

  • illustrate the problem and solution.
  • write/illustrate about themselves.
  • introduce themselves.
  • write 3 facts about themselves.
  • explore shades of meaning.
  • reflect on the book.
  • describe the book’s theme.
  • play games to learn about each other.
  • create a personal word cloud.
  • answer comprehension questions during the read-aloud.
  • write about and reflect on the story.

Each activity can be used to differentiate instruction for students, to offer them a choice in learning, or to focus on a specific skill.

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