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With themes of patience, gratitude and feelings, this Sylvester and the Magic Pebble picture book by William Steig is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. It will become a favorite in your classroom too!
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SYLVESTER AND THE MAGIC PEBBLE SUMMARY
This humorous story by the remarkable William Steig shows the power of love between a family. One day, Sylvester the donkey came across a fiery red pebble. He realized that if he is holding the pebble, any wish he makes will come true! As he was walking home, a lion appeared. Sylvester panicked, and wished he was a rock to be safe. He quickly learned that by being a rock, he would be unable to wish himself back to a donkey.
After overcoming a series of obstacles, Sylvester realizes that his family is the most important wish he could have. This book is an excellent mentor text for social and emotional lessons about patience, gratitude, and feelings of loneliness. Filled with reflection, love, and morals, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble is a story great for children and adults alike!
SYLVESTER AND THE MAGIC PEBBLE 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 Sylvester and the Magic Pebble reading comprehension questions focus on:
- analyzing illustrations
- ask and answer questions
LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS
We found this story to be a great SEL picture book to promote:
GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY
- linking verbs
SYLEVSTER AND THE MAGIC PEBBLE 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 Sylvester and the Magic Pebble?
- Lexile® Measure: 690L
- Guided Reading Level: Q
- DRA Level: 38
- Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 4.1
Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?
The book was written and illustrated by William Steig.
What genre is Sylvester and the Magic Pebble?
How many pages are in the book?
The story is 32 pages long.