The Running Shoes

					STORY BOOKS LEVEL 20
Running words: 519

Linking with other PM books
The cross-country race A Bike for Alex The Race to Green End A Spider in My Bedroom PM Library, Green Level PM Plus, Level 15 PM Library, Turquoise Level PM Plus, Level 19

The Running Shoes
About the story
Many children enjoy the challenge of cross-country racing. In this story, Alex (who has been met in other Rigby PM Plus books) is no exception. She also proves that it takes more than a new pair of running shoes to win a race!

For the English language learner
Have students use a story board or story map to illustrate the story in four steps. They may label each illustration in words, phrases, or sentences, or they may dictate to teacher.

Creating the atmosphere
Discuss occasions when special shoes are often worn, e.g., at a party, at school, for sport, etc. Alternatively, reread The cross-country race.

Focusing on the story
• Cover Read the title and discuss the cover and title page illustrations. Recall other stories about Alex. • Pages 2–5 Talk about preparing for a sports event. Study the girls’ body language. Discuss Olivia’s expectation that she will win! • Pages 6–9 Talk about Alex’s reasons for wanting her dad to watch the race. Encourage children to express their own thoughts about the advice he gives to Alex. • Pages 10–13 Discuss Alex’s decision to “wait for the right moment.” The text fosters logical reasoning. Encourage children to predict what might happen next. • Pages 14–16 Check predictions. After children have read the text, ask them to explain why Alex has decided to keep her old shoes. Write “new is not always best” on a chart and discuss what this means.

dad says the best runners have the best shoes.” In pairs or small groups, have children discuss both sentences and report back to the class. • Discuss vocabulary that relates to time, e.g., the following week, weekend, afternoon, next week, and this year.

Going beyond the story
• In pairs or small groups, invite children to make a board game about a cross-country race. Ask them to write instruction cards to make the game more interesting.

Exploring language features
• On a chart, write “Some of the fastest runners in the world don’t wear shoes at all,” and “My
Developing specific skills
• Review letter clusters: nice, pair, join, wear, among. • Review prefixes: toward, forward, backward. • Discuss beginnings: ahead, among, decided, disappear. • Review contractions: you’ve, I’d, couldn’t.

• Review letter-writing procedures. Write a letter from Alex to a friend or grandparent describing the cross-country race. Blackline Master 36 could be used for this task. • Draw maps of cross-country trails. List what the children will need to include in their maps. Demonstrate how to use symbols as a way to inform participants of directions, facilities, etc. Inform children that their maps should be neatly presented and easy for the runners to understand.
Using the blackline master
• Read and discuss the verb tense example. • Remind them to read to the end of each sentence to check that it sounds correct. • Ask children to draw detailed pictures of a crosscountry race.

PM Plus Purple

The Running Shoes

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PM Plus Purple F/P: K DRA: 20

The Running Shoes
PM Plus Purple F/P: K DRA: 20

9992799749

9992799749

The Running Shoes
PM Plus Purple F/P: K DRA: 20

The Running Shoes
PM Plus Purple F/P: K DRA: 20

9992799749

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posted:11/29/2009
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