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LESSON 8 TEACHERS GUIDE

The Beach
by Rosa lvarez

Fountas-Pinnell Level J
Realistic Fiction
Selection Summary
Amelia wakes her cousin Maya for an early morning walk on the
beach. Its too cold to swim, and Maya is not sure what they can do
on the beach. They walk and nd sea glass, sand dollars, a hermit
crab, and a starsh. Maya decides she loves the beach. Number of Words: 292

Characteristics of the Text


Genre Realistic Fiction
Text Structure Third-person narrative
Organized chronologically
Content Fun on the beach in cold weather
Finding and collecting things on the beach
Making bracelets with beach glass
Themes and Ideas The beach is fun even when its too cold to swim.
There are lots of treasures to nd on the beach.
Found objects can be made into nice things.
Language and Third-person narrator
Literary Features Conversational language
Sentence Complexity Split dialogue
Simple sentences with phrases
Compound and complex sentences: Maya put on her clothes, but she still felt cold. She
was not sure that today was a good day for the beach.
Vocabulary Words related to the beach: shell, sand dollars, hermit crab, starfish, seaweed
Words One- and two-syllable words
Possible unfamiliar word, supported by illustrations: bracelets
Illustrations Realistic illustrations support the text.
Book and Print Features Nine pages of text, illustrations on every page
2006. Fountas, I.C. & Pinnell, G.S. Teaching for Comprehending and Fluency, Heinemann, Portsmouth, N.H.

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The Beach by Rosa lvarez

Build Background
Read the title to children and talk with them about the girls in the cover illustration.
Encourage them to think about what the girls might be doing. Anticipate the text with
questions like these: Where are the girls? What is the weather like? How can you tell?

Introduce the Text


Guide children through the text, noting important ideas, and helping with unfamiliar
language and vocabulary so they can read the text successfully. Point out the sentence
patterns that are repeated on alternate pages. Here are some suggestions:
Pages 23: Explain that this is a story about two cousins, Maya and Amelia.
Amelia has a house at the beach, and Maya is visiting her.
Suggested language: Turn to page 2. Amelia and Maya are just getting up. Look
at the curtains. What can you tell about the weather? Amelia wants to go to the
beach. But Maya thinks it is too cold to swim.
Page 4: Turn to page 4. Remember to use information from the pictures to help
you understand the story. What are the girls doing on the beach? Is it warm
enough to swim? What clues do you see in the picture?
Page 7: Look at the illustration to see what the girls nd. Its a hermit crab. What
do you think happens if you put your nger too close to a hermit crabs claws?
Find the highlighted word nip. Maya says: Im okay, it was just a little nip. What
happened to Mayas nger?
Page 9: Explain that the girls nd bits of smooth colored glass on the beach, called
sea glass. The sentence reads: Then the girls put all the bits of sea glass in a pile.
What does it look like they will do with their piles of glass?
Now turn back to the beginning of the story and read to nd out what the girls did
on the beach on a chilly morning.

Learn More Words


nip pile

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Read
As the children read, observe them carefully. Guide them as needed, using language that
supports their problem solving ability.

Respond to the Text


Personal Response
Invite children to share their personal responses to the story. Begin by asking what they
liked best about the story, or what they found interesting.
Suggested language: How do you think Mayas feelings about the beach changed during
the story? Did your feelings change?

Ways of Thinking
As you discuss the text, make sure children understand these teaching points:
Thinking Within the Text Thinking Beyond the Text Thinking About the Text
Amelia wants to show her cousin You dont need to swim to have The writer uses a lot of dialogue.
the beach on a cold morning. fun on the beach.
The illustrations help readers
The girls walk on the beach and It is fun to observe nature. visualize things they might not
find lots of interesting things. be familiar with, such as hermit
You can make new things from
crabs and sand dollars.
They make bracelets with sea old things you find.
glass.
It is fun to make things.
The girls have fun, and Maya
loves the beach.
2006. Fountas, I.C. & Pinnell, G.S. Teaching for Comprehending and Fluency, Heinemann, Portsmouth, N.H.

Choices for Support


Fluency
Invite children to choose a passage from the text to act out or use for Readers Theater.
Remind them to read or say the characters words with expression that shows how they
are feeling.

Phonics and Word Work


Provide practice as needed with words and sounds, using one of the following activities:
Compound Words Materials: whiteboards, markers. Write these compound words
from the story on the board: starfish and seaweed. On their whiteboards, have
children write the two words that make up each compound word.
Sorting Long e Words Materials: index cards, pencils. Review the long e sound with
children, and remind them that there are different ways to spell this sound. Display
these story words: beach , green, she, sea, these, feet, feels, me. Read each word with
children; have them identify the long e spelling. Direct partners to copy the words onto
separate index cards and then sort the words, based on their long e spellings (e, ee, ea).

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Writing About Reading
Critical Thinking
Read the directions for children on BLM 8.8 and guide them in answering the questions.

Responding
Read aloud the questions at the back of the book and help children complete the activities.

Target Comprehension Skill


Sequence of Events Remind children that events in stories happen in
order. Paying attention to the order in which things happen can help them understand the
story. Model how to think about the sequence of events:

Think Aloud

What happens first, next, and last in this story? Amelia and Maya find
a lot of things on the beach. First they find sea glass. Next, they find
sand dollars and a hermit crab. What do they find last? Last, they find a
starfish.

Practice the Skill


Have children tell what happens first, next, and last in another story they know.

Writing Prompt
Read aloud the following prompt. Have children write their response, using the writing
prompt on page 6.
Do you think the beach can be fun on a cold day? Why or why not? Write a paragraph
explaining what you think.

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English Language Learners
Reading Support Make sure the text matches the students reading level. Language
and content should be accessible with regular teaching support.

Oral Language Development


Check the childrens comprehension, using a dialogue that best matches their
English prociency level. Speaker 1 is the teacher, Speaker 2 is the child.
Beginning/ Early Intermediate Intermediate Early Advanced/ Advanced
Speaker 1: Where do Maya and Amelia Speaker 1: Why dont the girls go Speaker 1: Why does Maya love
go? swimming? the beach?
Speaker 2: to the beach Speaker 2: It is too cold. Speaker 2: Maya and Amelia have
fun on the beach. They nd a
Speaker 1: What do they do on the Speaker 1: What did the hermit crab do?
lot of interesting things to look
beach?
Speaker 2: It nipped Maya. at. They collect sea glass. They
Speaker 2: walk and look at things make bracelets from the sea
glass.
Speaker 1: Tell one thing they see on
the beach.
Speaker 2: A starsh [or sea glass, a
crab, sand dollars]

Lesson 8
BLACKLINE MASTER 8.8
Name

Think About It
The Beach
Think About It

Write the word that completes each


sentence.

1. Maya says a starfish feels rough .


smooth rough sharp

2. Maya finds out there is more to do at the beach than

swim .
dig walk swim

Making Connections Think of something you


like to do at the beach. Draw a picture of what
you do. Label your picture.

Read directions to children.


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Name Date

The Beach
Do you think the beach can be fun on a cold
day? Why or why not? Write a paragraph explaining
what you think.

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Lesson 8
BLACKLINE MASTER 8.8
Name

Think About It
The Beach
Think About It

Write the word that completes each


sentence.

1. Maya says a starfish feels .


smooth rough sharp

2. Maya finds out there is more to do at the beach than

.
dig walk swim

Making Connections Think of something you


like to do at the beach. Draw a picture of what
you do. Label your picture.

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Lesson 8
Student Date BLACKLINE MASTER 8.13

The Beach LEVEL J The Beach


Running Record Form

page Selection Text Errors Self-Corrections

5 Then Amelia got down and dug

in the sand. She found a round,

flat shell. She kept digging and

found another.

What are these things? asked

Maya.

Sand dollars, said Amelia.

6 See these holes on top?

Yes, Maya said.

The sand dollars feet used to

stick out of them.

Wow, said Maya. Thats cool.

Comments: Accuracy Rate Self-Correction


(# words read Rate
correctly/53 100) (# errors + #
% Self-Corrections/
Self-Corrections)
1:

Behavior Code Error Behavior Code Error


1413308

Substitution cut 1
Read word correctly 0 cat
cat
Self-corrects cut sc 0
cat
Repeated word, 0
sentence, or phrase cat Insertion the 1
cat


Omission cat 1 Word told T 1
cat

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