Never Smile at a Monkey! Close Reading Practice - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Never Smile at a Monkey! Close Reading Practice

Nonfiction close reading can be tricky to introduce, but Jivey shows you how to break it down simply using the mentor text, Never Smile at a Monkey.

Nonfiction close reading can often be tricky for our elementary kiddos because many texts that we find are so long, it can be hard to help them truly focus on what's important. I love introducing close reading by using mentor texts that include several topics in short paragraphs. One great book that does this is:
Nonfiction close reading can be tricky to introduce, but Jivey shows you how to break it down simply using the mentor text, Never Smile at a Monkey. 

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You will find one paragraph about eighteen different animals that can easily be used to compare and contrast, and of course, most importantly, hold their interest!

Below, I am sharing a nine-minute video that walks you through how to teach close reading and summarizing using this book. I demonstrate activities that are found in this free bonus resource in my TpT store. Enjoy!


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Nonfiction close reading can be tricky to introduce, but Jivey shows you how to break it down simply using the mentor text, Never Smile at a Monkey.

Are you looking for more close reading activities? Check out my paired texts!

      


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Nonfiction close reading can be tricky to introduce, but Jivey shows you how to break it down simply using the mentor text, Never Smile at a Monkey.



2 comments

  1. Thanks so much for sharing this book, I love it! The activities look great too!

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    1. Thank you!!! Kids LOVE this book!!

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