Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for Alma and How She Got Her Name will find this post helpful. It includes resource recommendations, free teaching ideas, and information about the book. You’ll have everything you need to deliver engaging interactive read aloud lessons based on this story.
With a theme of positive self-talk, this Alma and How She Got Her Name picture book by Juana Martinez-Neale is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. It will be a big hit in your classroom too! Learn more about this book below!
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ALMA AND HOW SHE GOT HER NAME SUMMARY
Alma and How She Got Her Name tells the story of a young girl named Alma. Alma has a very long name and is frustrated by how long it is. It doesn’t fit on a piece of paper, and she has to tape an extra strip of paper to the bottom so it can fit. She goes to her dad to complain how long it is, and instead he tells her the story of her name.
She learns that each part of her name represents one of her relatives. Each name was chosen specifically for her to represent the great qualities each relative had. Alma learns to love her name as she hears the story of each relative.
At the end of the story, Alma’s dad tells her that he chose the name Alma just for her and that it isn’t a name that someone else in the family had. The name is for her to use to write her own story.
Students will love hearing the story about how Alma got her name, and think about the origin of their own names.
ALMA AND HOW SHE GOT HER NAME LESSON PLAN IDEAS
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We found this book was especially good at teaching the topics listed below.
READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS
The text-based Alma and How She Got Her Name reading comprehension questions focus on:
- analyzing character
- summarize and retell
- making connections,
- ask and answer questions
- author’s purpose
LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS
We found this story to be a great SEL picture book to promote:
- positive self-talk
GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY
- quotation marks
- compound words
ALMA AND HOW SHE GOT HER NAME ACTIVITIES
You’ll receive all of the following resources aligned to the story:
- comprehension questions
- 30 writing prompts with themed paper
- vocabulary activities
- word study print & go activities
- ideas for grammar lessons with focus sentence printables
- social emotional learning discussion topics
- graphic organizers to target specific comprehension skills and strategies
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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS
What are the reading levels for Alma and How She Got Her Name?
- Lexile® Measure: 490L
- Guided Reading Level: M – N
- DRA Level: 20 – 24
- Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 2.6 – 2.7
Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?
The book was written and illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal.
What genre is Alma and How She Got Her Name?
It is a fiction book. You may want to check out our genre activities or read our blog post, How to Teach Genre to Elementary Students.
How many pages are in the book?
The story is 32 pages long.