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Mañana Iguana Activities and Lesson Plans for 2024

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for Mañana Iguana 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 resiliency and responsibility, this Mañana Iguana picture book by Ann Whitford Paul 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 Mañana Iguana Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

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

MAÑANA IGUANA SUMMARY

Iguana is planning a fiesta with her friends! However, as each task is needed to be done, it seems that no one is able to help her. She writes all the invitations, cooks alone, and even decorates alone.

Feeling frustrated with her friends, when the party comes, she tells them that they are not able to greet the guests with her because they did not help. Conejo, Tortuga, and Culebra realize that they were not being helpful friends. So, when the time comes to clean up from the party, the three do it all while Iguana sleeps. When she wakes up, they all have leftovers together.

This story puts a spin on a classic fairytale, leaving children with the important lessons of teamwork and kindness.

MAÑANA IGUANA 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 Mañana Iguana, 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 Mañana Iguana reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • retell
  • analyzing character
  • sequencing
  • author’s purpose

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

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

  • resiliency
  • responsibility

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • contractions
  • verbs
  • quotation marks

MAÑANA 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
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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for Mañana Iguana?

  • Lexile® Measure: AD470L
  • Guided Reading Level: M
  • DRA Level: 20
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 2.5 – 2.6

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written by Ann Whitford Paul. It was illustrated by Ethan Long.

What genre is Mañana 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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