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Me First!
Prefixes Lead the Way
by Robin Pulver
Lynn Rowe Reed, Illustrator

Reinforced | 32 pages | 10 x 10 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823436446 | 07-30-2016

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: SECOND | Age: 6 to 10

Themes: Writing, School, President's Day, Patriotism, Language Arts
Recommendations: K, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
RF.3.3, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 4, 4a, 4c
RI.3.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8
L.3.4c, 4d, 5, 5a, 5b, 5c, 6
RL.3.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10
L.3.1, 1I, 2, 2e, 2f, 2g, 3, 4, 4a, 4b
SL.3.1, 1c, 1d, 2, 3, 4, 6
W.3.4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10

About the Book

In this zany language arts book, a classroom lesson on leadership gets a boost from little groups of letters called PREFIXES.

It's Leadership Day in Mr. Wright's classroom, and the prefixes are IMpatient to take center stage. After all, they are the greatest leaders around! Prefixes attach to the beginning of words and change what they mean. But they are MIStaken about their role in the day's festivities. . . . Mr. Wright has a lesson on President Abraham Lincoln PREpared. The prefixes are in DISbelief that they could be so carelessly IGnored. Luckily, Mr. Wright gets a REminder to include them in the lesson and the prefixes are ready to UNleash their power.

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. How does the title relate to the author's purpose? What is a prefix? RL.2-3.2/L.2-3.3/RF.2-3.3, 3a

2. Discuss how Robin Pulver incorporates Abraham Lincoln in to the plot of the story. RL.2-3.3/SL.2-3.1

3. Write two sentences about what you would do to help or make a difference if you were a leader. Use as many prefixes as you can. Illustrate and share with the class. W.2-3.3/L.2-3.4/RF.2-3, 3, 3a

4. Create a class bulletin board. Cut out a black stovepipe hat like the one Abraham Lincoln wore. On index cards, write words with prefixes from books, magazines, newspapers and other print. On the back of each word write the prefix meaning and the root word. Add these to the board each day. See how many words your class can find! L.2-3.3, 4/RF.2-3.3, 3a

Educators' Guide
ME FIRST! Prefixes Lead the Way
This Discussion and Activity Guide will “REview,” “ENlighten,” and “UNleash” the knowledge of “PREfixes"!