Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for Ron’s Big Mission 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 advocacy, perseverance and courage, this Ron’s Big Mission picture book by Rose Blue 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!
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- Read a summary of Ron’s Big Mission. You can find it in the section below.
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RON'S BIG MISSION SUMMARY
Ron McNair woke up on a mid-summer day in South Carolina in quite a rush. He denied breakfast from his mom, donuts from the grocer, and even basketball with a friend. Running into Lake City Library, Ron went right for the books.
Ron usually looks for books with characters that look like him. Today, he was looking for books about aviation. The typical rules of the library is that Black people cannot check out books- only read them inside. Although White women were offering to check the books out for him, he decided that it was unfair.
He stood on the counter and refused to to leave unless he could check out his books. The police came, but eventually the librarian decided that Ron was right- it was not fair! She made him a library card, and he borrowed books about aviation.
In the author’s note, we learn that this book was based on Ron McNair, a famous astronaut, and his fight for equality. The library later dedicated itself to Ron following his death.
RON’S BIG MISSION LESSON PLAN IDEAS
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We found this book was especially good at teaching the topics listed below.
READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS
The text-based Ron’s Big Mission reading comprehension questions focus on:
- analyzing character
- authors purpose
LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS
We found this story to be a great SEL picture book to promote:
GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY
RON’S BIG MISSION 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 Ron’s Big Mission?
- Lexile® Measure: 540L
- Guided Reading Level: M
- DRA Level: 28
- Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 3.1
Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?
The book was written by Rose Blue. It was illustrated by Don Tate.
What genre is Ron’s Big Mission?
It is a biographical 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.