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I Wanna Iguana Activities and Lesson Plans

Teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for I Wanna Iguana will love this post. It includes teaching ideas and resources. They are a big time saver! You will have what you need to plan your next read aloud lesson.

With themes of perseverance and advocation, this I Wanna Iguana picture book by Karen Kaufman Orloff is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. It will quickly become one of your favorites too!

Check out the lesson ideas and activities below! They will help you make the most of your read aloud. Your students will be engaged and learning. What’s better than that?

Engage Your Students with I Wanna Iguana Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Read a summary of I Wanna Iguana. You can find it 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 I Wanna Iguana reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

I WANNA IGUANA SUMMARY

Your students will love this book! I Wanna Iguana is about a boy named Alex. He is trying to convince his mom why he should take his friend’s iguana. He decides to write her a letter. She writes back with counterarguments. She explains that iguanas take lots of work, patience, and money. Alex promises her that she will not have to clean the iguana’s cage. She won’t have to pay for his food either. 

This story is a great mentor text for persuasive or letter writing. Each letter between Alex and his mother includes opportunities for grammar, SEL, and comprehension conversations. Many students will be able to connect with this story. It will become one of their favorites!

I WANNA IGUANA LESSON PLAN IDEAS

Each of our 400+ Starts With a Story book companions come with a teacher’s guide. This makes lesson planning quick and easy! They also include 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 I Wanna Iguana, we’ve already done all of the heavy lifting for you. The info in this post will make lesson planning quick and easy!

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

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS

The text-based I Wanna Iguana reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • analyzing character
  • analyzing illustrations
  • author’s purpose

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

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

  • perseverance
  • advocation
  • taking ownership

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • adjectives 
  • contractions
  • commas

I WANNA IGUANA 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
I Wanna Iguana book companion
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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for I Wanna Iguana?

  • Lexile® Measure: AD580L
  • Guided Reading Level: M-N
  • DRA Level: 28
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 3.2

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written by Karen Kaufman Orloff. It was illustrated by David Catrow.

What genre is I Wanna Iguana?

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.

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