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The Relatives Came Activities and Lesson Plans for 2024

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for The Relatives Came 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 transitions and family, this The Relatives Came picture book by Cynthia Rylant 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 The Relatives Came Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Read a summary of The Relatives Came. 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 The Relatives Came reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

THE RELATIVES CAME SUMMARY

The relatives in The Relatives Came travel a long way from Virginia to visit with their family. When they get there, everyone is very excited to see each other. There is lots of hugging, laughing, and smiling. 

 

The relatives stay for many weeks and their family welcomes them into their home. The relatives do many things during their visit such as tend the garden, fix items, and play music. The relatives and their family are sad when it is time for them to go, but know that they will be back again next summer. 

 

Students will enjoy this story about what happens when relatives visit, and will make connections to their own lives and their families. 

THE RELATIVES CAME 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 The Relatives Came, 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 The Relatives Came reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • visualizing
  • making connections
  • ask and answer questions
  • sequencing
  • author’s purpose

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

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

  • transitions
  • family

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • pronouns
  • possessive nouns
  • suffixes

THE RELATIVES CAME 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
The Relatives Came book companion
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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for The Relatives Came?

  • Lexile® Measure: AD940L
  • Guided Reading Level: V – W
  • DRA Level: 44
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 6.4 – 6.7

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written by Cynthia Rylant. It was illustrated by Stephen Gammell.

What genre is The Relatives Came?

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.

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