This humorous story tells what happens when a boy and his father go on an overnight fishing trip with Uncle Al, a character who doesn’t always think before he does things but who always makes them laugh. 

In addition to built-in foundational skills and comprehension instruction in the book, the story presents opportunities for social-emotional learning by talking about accepting differences, being flexible, and the target SEL competency of stress management. 

Uncle Al comes from the Grade 2 Small-Group Resources kit but can be used by any students at a Level F instructional reading level.

Embedded foundational skills instruction

  • Long /a/, /i/ sounds
  • Apostrophes
  • Singular/plural
  • Sound of ur

Embedded comprehension instruction

  • Ask and answer questions
  • Make connections
  • Make and confirm predictions
  • Make inferences
  • Use text evidence

Embedded social-emotional learning

  • Self-management: stress management

The ebook below shows the Take & Teach Book—a teaching version with text and visuals that exactly match the student version, plus built-in teaching panels for structured and explicit instruction in essential reading skills. 

To use the Take & Teach Book:

  1. Introduce the book to a small group. Then use the photographs and the PREVIEW suggestions in the teaching panels to preview the text and build background knowledge and vocabulary.
  2. Return to pages 2-3 and use the suggestions in the VIEW panels to help students focus on the text, apply decoding strategies, and build comprehension skills and strategies.
  3. After reading the book all the way through, return to the beginning and use the REVIEW panels to provide targeted instruction in phonemic awareness, sound and spelling patterns, high-frequency words, and social-emotional learning.

The downloadable Take & Teach Lesson includes additional support for English learners, decoding strategies, text evidence, story sequence, social-emotional learning, as well as five follow-up activities that support a variety of language, reading, and writing skills.

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