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Goldfish on Vacation Activities and Lesson Plans for 2022

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for Goldfish on Vacation will love this post.

With a theme of friendship  this Goldfish on Vacation picture book by Sally Lloyd-Jones is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms.

Engage Your Students with Goldfish on Vacation Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Read a summary of Goldfish on Vacation.
  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 Goldfish on Vacation reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

GOLDFISH ON VACATION SUMMARY

H and Baby Em and Little O lived in their apartment in the city. They had three goldfish: Barracuda and Patch and Fiss. It was summer, and the children enjoyed looking at the old fountain outside their window. It was broken and covered in ivy, but their grandfather told them stories of what the fountain used to be like. 

 

Back before people had cars, people got around the city by riding horses. They horses would stop at the fountain for water and children even splashed and played in the fountain. 

 

One day, the children noticed a sign on the fountain. The city was going to have a goldfish vacation in the fountain that summer. The children rushed home to tell their fish and grandpa. As it got closer to the vacation, the children watched a man start to clean up the fountain. He added water, reeds and lily pads. 

 

On the first day of the vacation, many children gathered at the fountain to drop off their fish. Throughout the summer, the children returned to visit their goldfish. Soon, they came to the fountain to see all the other children. Grandpa sat with them and told everyone stories of what the fountain was like when he was a boy.

 

At the end of the summer, all of the children went into the fountain to get their fish. They jumped and splashed just like Grandpa did many years before.

GOLDFISH ON VACATION 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 Goldfish on Vacation, 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 Goldfish on Vacation reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • making inferences
  • summarize / retell
  • analyzing setting
  • sequencing
  • cause and effect

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

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

  • friendship

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • plural nouns
  • irregular verbs
  • compound words
  • prepositions

GOLDFISH ON VACATION 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
Goldfish on Vacation book companion
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Goldfish on Vacation book cover and sequencing activity

BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for Goldfish on Vacation?

  • Lexile® Measure: AD640L
  • Guided Reading Level: N
  • DRA Level: 30
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 3.3

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written by Sally Lloyd-Jones. It was illustrated by Leo Espinosa.

What genre is Goldfish on Vacation?

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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