The Recess Queen Book Companion Activities

This back to school book companion is for 
Mean Jean The Recess Queen by Alexis O’Neill to help you teach about bullying, friendships, and recess behaviors! You get DIFFERENTIATED lesson plans, comprehension worksheets, vocabulary and sequencing activities, writing prompts, and Recess Kings and Queens writing crafts. Your kindergarten, first, second, and third grade students will be actively engaged using this reading packet!

You will guide your students in whole group and small group reading instruction as they learn about a recess bully (Mean Jean) as she learns how to show kindness and make friends at recess in this heartwarming fictional read aloud.

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This is a read-aloud companion for the book Mean Jean The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill and is great for:

  • Back to School
  • Teaching or Reviewing Recess Behaviors
  • Anytime
  • Guidance Teachers
  • Teaching Bullying

This Read Aloud focuses on the following skills:

  • using graphic organizers
  • compare and contrast
  • making text to self connections
  • sequencing and retelling 5 main story events
  • antonyms and synonyms
  • building vocabulary
  • digging deeper into text
  • reading comprehension
  • graphing horizontally and vertically
  • initial sounds
  • rhyming words
  • building speaking and listening skills
  • opinion writing
  • narrative writing

Mean Jean The Recess Queen Read Aloud Includes:

  • Differentiated Five Day Lesson Plans for K-3rd Grade
  • Digging Deeper Questions for EVERY page in book
  • Rhyming Word Posters
  • Beginning QU- and Rr- Sound Posters
  • Compare and Contrast Graphic Organizer
  • SWBST Graphic Organizer
  • Rhyming Words Worksheet
  • Beginning Sounds Worksheet
  • Graphing Whole Class Activity
  • Favorite Recess Graphing Worksheet
  • Student Vocabulary Sheet (4 per page)
  • 12 Illustrated Vocabulary Cards
  • 8 Comprehension Question Cards ( per page)
  • 4 Cut and Paste Writing Focus Questions
  • 4 Flip Tab Writing Focus Questions
  • Sequencing Worksheet
  • Sequencing Using Time Order Word Poster
  • 11 Print and Go King and Queen Craftivity Pages
  • 1 Page of Hands for Crafts
  • Five Question TEST (2 per page)
  • Teacher Answer Keys

This Close Read is recommended for Kindergarten through 3rd Grade, but can be used for struggling ELL students.

These reading activities are perfect for guidance and classroom teachers to go along with their bullying units anytime throughout the year!



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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Mary A. says "I loved the activities in the resource and my students had fun using them. Thank you for sharing this resource."

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