Vocabulary Companion to Celebrating Diversity (grades 3-5)


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Vocabulary must be taught in context for students to truly understand the words and build relationships with them, and then in turn use them in writing and speaking. Move away from lists of vocabulary words and looking up definitions, and teach students how to comprehend with this best practice pack!

Making sure students feel represented in culture, gender, race, religion, and family structures is so important. This unit is just what you need to integrate some books into your lessons that also celebrate diversity and help your students see themselves in the story.



In this Vivid Vocabulary pack, I have provided activities designed on researched best practices for use with popular mentor texts to help you maximize your teaching time. These are the same mentor texts used in the other Celebrating Diversity Companions.

★ Activities are also provided as links to Google Slides for Digital Learning! ★

-Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall

-The Sandwich Swap by Queen Rania and Kelly DiPucchio

-Ruby’s Wish by Shirin Yim Bridges

-The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy

-The Water Princess by Susan Verde

-One Green Apple by Eve Bunting

-The Rainbow Tulip by Pat Mora

-I Dissent by Debbie Levy

-Mr. Lincoln’s Way by Patricia Polacco

-Nadia’s Hands by Karen English

★ Activities are also provided as links to Google Slides for Digital Learning! ★

Please look at the preview to see what is included! Every mentor text “set” of activities includes the “What Do You Think?” page for context application and the “Show What You Know” page to formatively assess students. The other activities vary based on the text and the vocabulary words.

There are open-ended activities and ideas provided that can be used with any words, and I encourage you to incorporate past words in with the current words using these formats for frequent repetition.



There is a Mentor Sentence Unit with all of the same mentor texts featured in this pack. You can also get the Interactive Language Arts Notebook Companion for the mentor sentences!

You’ll also love to use these mentor texts in reading and writing, too! Make sure to get BETTER THAN BASAL:Celebrating Diversity Reading & Writing Units for 10 Popular Mentor Texts!



Get the BUNDLE with all Celebrating Diversity Mentor Sentences, Interactive Notebooks, Vocabulary Activities, and Reading and Writing activities for all 10 mentor texts in the companion sets! Check out the BUNDLE for Celebrating DIVERSITY here!


Please remember, this purchase is for the use of one teacher. It is not intended to be shared. Please use the ‘additional license’ purchase if more than one teacher will be using it. Thank you!

Copyright © 2018 Ideas By Jivey, LLC

All rights reserved by author, Jessica Ivey.

Permission to copy for single classroom use only.

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