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RED APPLE READING OCTOBER 2015 LEARNING SUPPORT GUIDE

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OCTOBER READER:

MONKEY MASKS

SUPPORTING INDEPENDENT READERS

How one family gets dressed up for trick-or-treating

The Apple Pie that Papa Baked

DINNER

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BOOK

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CANDY ALTERNATIVES

SPOOKY STORIES FOR FAMILIES TO SHARE


Table of Contents 04 SUPPORTING INDEPENDENT READERS

It’s important to continue encouraging your children to read even as they get older.

AND A BOOK 06 DINNER The Apple Pie that Papa Baked– enjoy the cooler weather and yummy harvest treats!

STORIES 08 SPOOKY Families will enjoy sharing these five spooky stories.

10 HALLOWEEN CANDY ALTERNATIVES

Treat the little munchkins to something other than candy this year.

TIME! 11 STORY Monkey Masks is about a family getting ready for a fun night of trick-or-treating.

A - MONKEY MASKS 12 LEVEL This vocabulary-rich version is best for reading aloud to pre-readers or for fluent readers. Followed by 2 pages of literacy activities.

B - MONKEY MASKS 23 LEVEL The text in this version has been simplified for emerging readers. Followed by 2 pages of literacy activities.

C - MONKEY MASKS 34 LEVEL Early readers can practice reading this version of the story. Followed by 2 pages of literacy activities.

45 COMPREHENSION SKILLS

Check in with your child after reading Monkey Masks with these story questions.

TIME! 46 LITERACY Activity ideas for you and your children to enjoy. 2

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A SPOOKY GOOD TIME My daughters are in college now and too old for trickor-treating, but they still love to come over before or on Halloween to carve pumpkins, roast the seeds, bake treats, and watch our favorite spooky movies from when they were younger, including several Scooby Doo movies. We also had some favorite picture books from this time of year, including The House that Drac Built, Boogie Bones, and The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything.

Whether you are celebrating this occasion or not, we hope you enjoy the fall temperatures - which are hopefully getting cooler! – and take the time to enjoy reading with your children regularly. Don’t forget to also keep an eye out for the little ghosts and goblins in the neighborhood on the big night!

Warm wishes,

Tammy Bennecke PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER tammybennecke@redapplereading.com

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SUPPORTING INDEPENDENT READERS After your children become independent readers, it’s easy to let regular reading time slip. However, simply being able to read doesn’t necessarily imply complete literacy. It is important to continue encouraging your children to read even as they get older in order to increase vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. Here are a few suggestions for how to do this.

Show Interest

Keep Reading Together Even if your child can read on her own, it’s still a good idea to read with her. There are a couple of ways you can do this. One is reading to your child just like you did when she couldn’t read on her own. Older kids still enjoy this quality time with their parents! Another way to do this is to have your child read to you. This option is easy to fit into your schedule because you can do it while folding laundry or other simple tasks that don’t require too much focus. Just make sure to let your child know you’re paying attention if you choose to multitask!

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If you notice your kiddo reading a book, ask him about it. Many children enjoy talking about their favorite book or book series. Ask questions about his favorite parts and characters. You could even read the book yourself and discuss it together. Even if it isn’t your favorite genre, it can be very encouraging if you show you care about his interests.


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Provide Reading Material Make sure there are books available for your children to enjoy. This could mean regular library trips, but the library may not have the particular book your kid wants. If your child shows genuine interest in a series or author, look out for those books in thrift stores or on sale at a bookstore. Also keep in mind digital copies of books, which are often cheaper than physical copies. Books make great gifts too!

Set Goals This step is important, especially if your kiddo’s school does not require a certain amount of at-home reading. If your child already reads on her own for school credit, encourage her to keep up the good work and provide your own small incentive for reading, such as a favorite snack. If her school does not require supplementary reading, set a goal for a certain amount of time or pages each week and reward her for reaching these goals. The more time your older children spend reading, the better they will become at reading and writing. Make sure you continue supporting your independent readers and make reading a priority. Although the process may require a bit of extra effort, it will pay off immensely in the long run!

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DINNER AND A BOOK THE APPLE PIE THAT PAPA BAKED With fall in full swing it’s time to enjoy the cooler weather as well as yummy harvest treats! With that in mind we couldn’t think of a better book choice for October than Lauren Thompson’s book, The Apple Pie that Papa Baked. In this lovely story illustrated with folk-art style pictures, a little girl’s father bakes her an apple pie. Readers discover the process it takes to produce this scrumptious treat (down to the rain that waters the apple tree!) as well as the sweet bond between a father and daughter. Your family will love reading this charming story together!

One Pan Chicken Apple Sausage Pasta

Now that you have the perfect book to read to your family, it’s time for the perfect dish! This easy One Pan Chicken Apple Sausage Pasta from Inspired By Charm is sure to be a crowd pleaser. This simple yet delicious pasta made with lots of yummy ingredients (including a granny smith apple) is the ideal dish for a chilly fall night!

- at Inspired By Charm

Of course you can’t have a book about apple pie without indulging in this baked treat yourself! The Blond Cook has a recipe for Apple Pie Bites that is easy enough for the kiddos to put together – and yummy enough for the whole family to enjoy! These miniature pies are the perfect end to a fun filled family evening! We know your family is going to enjoy this delicious apple themed meal and book. Happy eating and reading.

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Apple Pie Bites - from The Blond Cook


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SERIOUS LEARNING THAT’S SERIOUSY FUN!

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SPOOKY STORIES The Monsterator

By Keith Graves

Edgar Dreadbury, bored of the normal Halloween costumes, finds a machine that turns people into monsters. Children ages 7 to 10 will enjoy this one.

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything By Linda D. Williams A little old lady who’s not afraid of anything goes walking in the woods and gets spooked! A fun read-aloud for ages 4 to 8.

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Find these books at your local library, or order online or at your favorite bookstore!


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Creepy Carrots By Aaron Reynolds

Jasper Rabbit loves carrots! He eats them every day, until one day he becomes suspicious that the carrots are following him. Great for children ages 4 to 8.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat By Lucille Colandro This twist on the “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” is a fun read for Halloween. A silly read-aloud for ages 4 to 8.

Its’s Halloween. I’m Turning Green By Dan Gutman A.J. and his friends love Halloween. A.J. is ready to stuff himself with candy, until suddenly a monster steals it all! Recommended ages 6 to 10.

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CANDY ALTERNATIVES TRAIL MIX

CRACKERS

While kids might find raisins and pretzels boring on their own, combining healthy snacks in a colorful trail mix makes for a yummy treat! Keep in mind nut allergies and focus on dried fruits and grains.

Goldfish and animal crackers are favorites. You can buy small single serve bags of these instead of sweets.

COOL SCHOOL SUPPLIES

Halloween themed temporary tattoos are very popular and can be found in many varieties. Kids will love tattoos with cool designs and favorite characters.

Regular school supplies can be a bit dull, but Halloween themed pencil toppers and pencils are festive enough to catch kids’ attention.

GLOW STICKS These are not only fun, but they also have the added bonus of making children more visible as it gets darker.

JUICE BOXES Juice boxes are great for washing down those healthy snacks, and their shape makes them easy to decorate!

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TATTOO

SMALL TOYS Kids love bouncy balls, fake fangs, and other fun favors. They last longer than candy and are lots of fun!


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STORY TIME! MONKEY MASKS 3 DIFFERENT VERSIONS OF THE SAME STORY! CHOOSE THE VERSION THAT’S BEST FOR YOUR YOUNG READER, THEN CLICK A LINK BELOW AND PRINT THE PAGES FOR REPEATED READING AND PRACTICE.

LEVEL A - STORY AND ACTIVITIES

PAGES 12 - 22

BEST FOR READING ALOUD TO PRE-READERS

LEVEL B - STORY AND ACTIVITIES

PAGES 23 - 33

EASY TEXT FOR EMERGING READERS

LEVEL C - STORY AND ACTIVITIES

PAGES 34 - 44

MORE COMPLEXITY FOR EARLY READERS

COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS

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LITERACY ACTIVITIES

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MONKEY MASKS Level A


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The leaves were falling and the wind was chilly. It was the day before Halloween, and Marcus’s favorite time of the year! His family had just visited the pumpkin patch.

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Marcus and his siblings were busy carving pumpkins that afternoon. “What kind of costumes will we wear for trick-or-treating tomorrow?” wondered Marcus. “We can make masks,” suggested his sister Mia.

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Everybody thought that was a great idea. Manny pulled craft supplies out of the closet, including paint, yarn, and glitter. Molly said, “We can use paper plates for the face part. Then Mom and Dad can help us with the rest.�

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Carefully, Marcus cut two holes in his plate for the eyes. “I want to be a super hero!� he exclaimed. He painted the mask blue and added the letter M for Marcus.

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Mia made a silly clown mask. She added blue, yellow, and green hair, then made a big red nose out of foam. Mia looked funny with her mask on!

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Molly made a fancy princess mask. She painted it pink and purple, and added a gold crown. She finished the mask by decorating it with glitter and sparkles.

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Manny decided to make a gray werewolf mask. It was very hairy and very scary!

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After dinner the next night it was time for trick-or-treating. Everyone put on their homemade masks. Marcus hollered, “Let’s go!� and with that, four silly monkeys in masks ran off to the first house with their parents trailing behind.

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RHYME TIME! Say the name of each picture. Draw a line to match the pictures that rhyme.

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ACTIVITY TIME! Use the letter code to color this picture. blue = b green = g orange = o yellow = y black = k grey = g purple = p

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MONKEY MASKS Level B


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Leaves fell from the trees and the wind was cold. It was almost time for trick-or-treating.

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Marcus and his family were carving pumpkins. “What will we wear for trick-or-treating?” asked Marcus. “We can make masks,” said Mia.

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They all liked that idea. Manny got out paint, yarn, and glitter. Molly said, “We can use paper plates to make the face.�

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Marcus cut two holes for the eyes. “I will be a super hero!� he said. He painted the mask blue and added the letter M.

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Mia made a clown mask with blue, yellow, and green hair. She added a big red nose. She looked funny!

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Molly made a princess mask. She painted it pink and purple. She added glitter and sparkles.

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Manny made a wolf mask. It was very hairy and very scary!

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Soon it was time to trick-or-treat. They all put on their masks. Marcus said, “Let’s go!” and the four masked monkeys ran to the first home.

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SPOOKY WORDS Which letter can you add to these spooky words to make a new word? How many new words can you make?

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CANDY NAMES Help the trick-or-treaters find their way home. Draw a line to connect the picures that begin with the H sound.

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MONKEY MASKS Level C


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The leaves were falling and the wind was chilly. It was almost Halloween! Marcus had just visited the pumpkin patch.

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Marcus and his brother and sisters were carving pumpkins. “What will we wear for trick-or-treating tomorrow?” asked Marcus. “We can make masks,” suggested Mia.

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Everyone thought that was a great idea. Manny found the craft supplies, like yarn, paint, and glitter. Molly said, “We can use paper plates for the face part.�

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Carefully, Marcus cut two holes for the eyes. “I want to be a super hero!� he said excitedly. He painted the mask blue and added the letter M for Marcus.

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Mia made a colorful clown mask. She made blue, yellow, and green hair. She added a big red nose. She looked really funny!

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Molly made a fancy princess mask. She painted it pink and purple. She added a crown, and some glitter and sparkles.

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Manny decided to make a gray wolf mask. It was very hairy and very scary!

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The next night it was time for trick-or-treating. Everyone put on their masks. Marcus said, “Let’s go!” Then four silly monkeys in masks ran off to ring the doorbell at the first house.

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HOUSES LONG E Children can only trick-or-treat at the houses with long E words. Read the word on each house. If you hear the long E sound, color that house. If you do not hear a long E sound, draw an X on that house.

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HALLOWEEN RIDDLES 1.

What do you call a mean old lady at the beach? A sand-witch

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What do you call a pumpkin that fell down the stairs? A bump-kin

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What kind of pancakes does a ghost like best? Boo-berry pancakes

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What sound does Dracula’s cell phone make? Wing wing

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Why did the witch take a taxi to the Halloween party? Her broom was in the shop.

ENDING SOUNDS Say the name of the picture. Cicle the letter you hear at the end of the word.

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COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS: What season was the setting for the story?

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What kind of mask did Marcus make?

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What did the children use to make the masks?

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Whose mask was the scariest? What was it?

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What did Marcus have to cut holes for in the mask?

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LITERACY TIME! Monster Mash-Up

Make a Mask

Find some old photos of your child or print some

Help your child make his or her own mask with

simple paper photos from your computer. Allow

a paper plate. Carefully cut the holes for eyes

your child to cut apart the pictures to separate

and then let your child choose a character.

the head from the body. Help your child glue

Provide craft materials like yarn, cotton balls,

the head near the top of a piece of paper. Then,

paint, glitter, construction paper and so on. Help

encourage your child to draw a body for the

your child create a character! Ask your child to

head that includes a costume. Help your child

choose a name and speak as if he or she was

write a sentence or two about the picture. To

that character. Talk about perspective or point

extend, allow your child to make costumes for

of view, including how the character is different

other family members. Get creative and make

from your child. Ask your child to imagine how

crazy monsters or wild creatures!

the character might think, feel, or act.

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Falling Leaves

Five for Fall

Take a piece of paper and cut it into small squares

Help your child enjoy the fall with the

(approximately one inch by one inch). Write various

five senses. Ask your child to trace his

consonants and vowels on the squares, which will be the

or her hand on a piece of paper. Then

leaves for this activity. Note: You can write a letter on each

have your child think of something

side if you like. Then, gather the “leaves� in a handful and

you can see, smell, taste, touch or

drop several at a time. Ask your child to catch as many

hear during the fall season. Write at

leaves as he or she can. Then ask him or her to look at the

least one sensory word in each finger

letters, rearrange them, and form simple words. How many

on the tracing. Decorate the outside

words can your child create?

of the hand with words that describe fall.

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Red Apple Reading - October 2015  

Learn how to continue supporting your young readers as they get older, plus a fun list of candy alternatives on Halloween, 5 spooky stories...

Red Apple Reading - October 2015  

Learn how to continue supporting your young readers as they get older, plus a fun list of candy alternatives on Halloween, 5 spooky stories...

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