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Rocket Writes a Story Activities and Lesson Plans for 2022

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for Rocket Writes a Story will love this post. It includes resource recommendations and tons of information about the book. Planning your next read aloud lesson will be quick and easy!

With a theme of perseverance, this Rocket Writes a Story picture book by Tad Hills is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. It will become one of your and your students’ favorites too!

Engage Your Students with Rocket Writes a Story Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

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

ROCKET WRITES A STORY SUMMARY

Rocket is a dog that loves reading. His teacher, the yellow bird, reads them books at school. Rocket has also been collecting new words. When he finds a new word, he brings it back to class, writes it down and adds it to their collection.

 

One day, Rocket decides he is going to write a story with all the new words he has learned. However, when it comes time to write, he doesn’t know what to write about. With his teacher’s suggestion, Rocket takes a walk looking for inspiration. On his walk, Rocket smells pine needles and feathers. This inspires him to write about the nest he saw in a tree.

 

As Rocket works on his story, he meets the owl that lives in the tree. She does not come down to listen to his story, instead listens from the tree. As Rocket adds to his story, he reads it to the owl. Overtime, she moves down the tree branch by branch. Once the story is finally finished, the owl comes and sits next to Rocket for the first time. His story ends up being about her, and how she was brave enough to come and sit next to him. The owl loves the story and the two are happy to have one another as friends. 

 

This is a great story to get students excited about writing and discuss the challenges that come with the writing process! 

ROCKET WRITES A STORY 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 Rocket Writes a Story, 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 Rocket Writes a Story reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • making inferences
  • making predictions
  • summarize / retell
  • making connections
  • plot | problem – solution

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

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

  • perseverance

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • types of sentences
  • quotation marks
  • articles
  • conjunctions

ROCKET WRITES A STORY 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
Rocket Writes a Story book companion
two students listening to an interactive read aloud

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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for Rocket Writes a Story?

  • Lexile® Measure: AD540L 
  • Guided Reading Level: M
  • DRA Level: 28
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 3

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written and illustrated by Tad Hills.

What genre is Rocket Writes a Story?

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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