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Thank You, Mr. Falker Activities and Lesson Plans for 2022

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for Thank You, Mr. Falker 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 self-esteem and perseverance, this Thank You, Mr. Falker picture book by Patricia Polacco 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 Thank You, Mr. Falker Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Read a summary of Thank You, Mr. Falker. 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 Thank You, Mr. Falker reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

THANK YOU, MR. FALKER SUMMARY

When Trisha turned five, her grandfather explained that learning to read would give her the gift of knowledge. Trisha loved being read to and couldn’t wait until she learned to read herself. However, when Trisha started school, reading did not come easy to her. Her classmates continued to move forward in reading but Trisha struggled to sound out words. Throughout her years in school, Trisha’s classmates would laugh at her and call her names. 

When Trisha started fifth grade, her teacher was Mr. Falker. He was always supportive of Patricia and her gift of drawing. Students continued to call Trisha awful names, and she started to believe them. Soon, Mr. Falker realized how much Trisha was struggling and that she learned differently. He started staying after school with her, determined to teach her how to read. After months of practice, Trisha was excited to be able to read a paragraph. Years later, she saw Mr. Falker again and explained that she grew up to be an author. 

THANK YOU, MR. FALKER LESSON PLAN IDEAS

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When it comes to writing lesson plans and finding activities for Thank You, Mr. Falker, 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 Thank You, Mr. Falker reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • comparing and contrasting
  • analyzing character
  • point of view
  • cause and effect
  • author’s purpose
  • identifying theme | message | moral

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

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

  • self esteem
  • perseverance
  • bullying

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • suffixes
  • adverbs
  • prepositions
  • shades of meaning

THANK YOU, MR. FALKER 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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Thank You, Mr. Falker printable activity

BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for Thank You, Mr. Falker?

  • Lexile® Measure: AD650L
  • Guided Reading Level: P
  • DRA Level: 36
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 3.7

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written and illustrated by Patricia Polacco.

What genre is Thank You, Mr. Falker?

It is a autobiographical 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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