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A Teacher’s Guide for Grades 2-3:

Keena Ford and the Field Trip Mix-Up

Keena Ford and the Field Trip Mix-Up continues the story of young Keena, and narrates the predicaments she gets into during her school’s field trip to the Capitol. We chose this novel for its thoughtful exploration of some important social and emotional themes: bravery, friendship, bullying, empathy, and compassion. Students will find themselves relating to and being inspired by Keena’s adventures; this curriculum will help students build connections between Keena’s story and their own.

Travel to the United  States Capital with Keena Ford and her 2nd grade class! Keena is very excited about the trip because she is running for a spot on student council, and on the field trip she’s going to meet a real live U.S. representative.

Unfortunately, once again, while Keena doesn’t mean to get into trouble, she does! Before her field trip, Keena accidentally cuts off one of her braids. She wears a bandana to the Capitol to hide her hair problem, but Tiffany Harris pulls it off and teases her. Luckily, Representative Thomas shows Keena that his hair isn’t perfect either. Keena then accidentally knocks Representative Thomas down the stairs! Luckily, everyone is okay, and Keena learns an important lesson about following the rules and learning from your mistakes.

Author:  Melissa Thomson

Our Reading with Relevance teacher’s guide breaks the novel into a series of thoughtful lesson plans. Each lesson is designed to support you to meaningfully explore the social and emotional themes of the day’s reading with your students, inspiring them to read deeply, think critically, talk openly, and write reflectively about topics that matter.

This teacher’s guide includes:

  • A facilitator’s guide with tips and resources for implementing the curriculum.
  • A map of Common Core Standards addressed through this program.
  • Seven individual lesson plans, including vocabulary, discussion questions, journal prompts, extension activities, and all handouts.
  • An assessment to monitor student progress.
  • Regular checkpoints to help teachers assess their students’ progress on ELA standards.
  • A culminating essay-building unit.
  • An appendix with additional teaching resources and activities to continue exploring this novel.

Pages: 60
Dimensions: 8.5” x 11”



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