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With themes of growth mindset and friendship, this The Koala that Could picture book by Rachel Bright is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. You and your students will love it too!
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THE KOALA WHO COULD SUMMARY
High up, above the trees, lived Kevin the koala. Kevin felt safe clinging onto his branch. Down below felt too noisy and too scary with all the other animals. One day, another animal came and asked Kevin to come and play. He shared that he never leaves his tree. While hearing the friends play, he realized he was missing out. The next morning, a woodpecker began pecking the tree until the branch, which Kevin still clung too, fell to the ground. When he got to the forest floor, he realized how fun it can be! He decided that even though he likes to follow his own plan, he can learn to be flexible and escape his comfort zone.
This text is an excellent mentor text to discuss the importance of flexibility and growth mindset. Kevin demonstrates many qualities that represent a child in a fixed mindset. Explore this book filled with onomatopoeia and rhyme to learn how Kevin pushed past his fear.
THE KOALA WHO COULD 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 The Koala Who Could reading comprehension questions focus on:
- comparing and contrasting
- ask and answer questions
LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS
We found this story to be a great SEL picture book to promote:
- growth mindset
GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY
- bold print
THE KOALA WHO COULD 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 The Koala Who Could?
- Lexile® Measure: AD570L
- Guided Reading Level: K
- DRA Level: 16 – 18
- Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 3.2
Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?
The book was written by Rachel Bright. It was illustrated by Jim Field.
What genre is The Koala Who Could?
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.