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Fatima’s Great Outdoors Activities and Lesson Plans for 2024

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for Fatima’s Great Outdoors 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 themes of teasing, individuality and resiliency, this Fatima’s Great Outdoors picture book by Ambreen Tariq 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!

Engage Your Students with Fatima’s Great Outdoors Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Read a summary of Fatima’s Great Outdoors. You can find it in the section below.
  2. Check out the teaching ideas for reading comprehension strategies, grammar topics and social emotional learning skills that can be taught using this children’s book.
  3. Download the book companion to make lesson planning simple with Fatima’s Great Outdoors  reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

FATIMA'S GREAT OUTDOORS SUMMARY

Fatima’s family had moved from India to the United States. While her sister talked about all of her successes, Fatima struggled with school and friends. 

One weekend, Fatima’s family picked them up from school and tried a new American pastime: camping! They drove to a state park, built their tent, cooked dinner, and slept under the stars. In the morning, they even got to have beef bacon and build a fire! Fatima is sad to go home, as she knows that her family will be busy again working two jobs. She does, however, get to share her adventure with her class on Show-and-Tell day!

This story beautifully intertwines Fatima’s Indian family cultures, backgrounds, and challenges into this camping story. 

FATIMA’S GREAT OUTDOORS LESSON PLAN IDEAS

Each of our 400+ Starts With a Story book companions come with a teacher’s guide to make lesson planning quick and easy, printable worksheets and digital resources that cover ALL of the standards-based reading comprehension skills.

When it comes to writing lesson plans and finding activities for Fatima’s Great Outdoors, we’ve already done all of the heavy lifting for you.

We found this book was especially good at teaching the topics listed below.

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS

The text-based Fatima’s Great Outdoors reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • retelling
  • analyzing character
  • identifying theme, message, moral

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

We found this story to be a great SEL picture book to promote:

  • teasing
  • individuality
  • resiliency

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • action verbs
  • quotation marks
  • time order words

FATIMA’S GREAT OUTDOORS 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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elementary students pointing at the pictures of a book being read aloud

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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for Fatima’s Great Outdoors?

  • Lexile® Measure: AD740L
  • Guided Reading Level: Q-R
  • DRA Level: 38-40
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 4.3-4.5

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written by Ambreen Tariq. It was illustrated by Stevie Lewis.

What genre is Fatima’s Great Outdoors?

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 40 pages long.

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