Book Study National Geographic Kids Readers: Sonia Sotomayor
A collection of resources to help your students learn about Sonia Sotomayor through reading.
This collection of resources about Sonia Sotomayor is designed to help guide a study of in your classroom.
We like the National Geographic Kids books because they contain an assortment of nonfiction text features at a reading level that is appropriate for second and third graders.
Sonia Sotomayor has overcome many obstacles from the time she was young to achieve a great deal in her lifetime. Her book can be one that is very inspiring for your students.
**You will find the full set of resources described below in one download at the bottom of this post in BOLD font.**
The Life of Sonia Sotomayor This activity includes time line cards and a time line for students to create. Along with the events already on the cards, you can encourage students to fill the blank cards with other events they research to learn about.
What I Have Learned About Sonia Sotomayor’s Childhood This is a simple and open-ended graphic organizer students can use at a center after the book has been read aloud. Place the book at the center so students can use it to check the accuracy of their claims about what they have learned.
Support Your Beliefs This page is intended for use as a mini-lesson as you read the book together with your students. Students share one word they feel describes Sonia. They will then find three ideas from the book that will support the word.
Character Traits If you want students to think more deeply about Sonia Sotomayor and the type of child she was, get them thinking about the different character traits that describe her best. We have provided nine words on card. Students can use these at a small group where they choose a card and must then share evidence to support the trait they chose. You might also choose to have students come up with their own character traits. This can be used with the previous printable page, Support Your Beliefs.
Making Connections Encourage your students to make connections using these two printable pages.
Thinking About Sonia – Synthesizing Activity Students share their thinking about their reading following the prompts. This organizer might be best completed during class discussions depending on your students.
Problem & Solution Students are asked to share a problem Sonia faces. Students are then asked to share ideas and steps to the solution in the three boxes on the right.
Flip Book To assemble this booklet correctly. Print pages in the given order, front to back. Once you have done this, you will be able to fold the pages on the marked lines (look for the small marks on the side of the pages.) Stack the pages together and staple. Students will follow the prompts to complete the booklets. We like to have students cut on the outside lines to trim the book before assembling.
Continue Your Learning Use these two pages as an extension for students to practice their research skills.
Reading Response Pages There are six different pages that have simple reading response questions to be completed after the learning.
Making Words Students use the letters in the word SUPREME COURT to create smaller words. Comes with a page of letters for students to cut out and manipulate to make the words.
Pocket Chart Sentence Cards – These five pocket chart sentence cards can be used during a mini-lesson or as a scrambled sentence center. They borders are color-coded for easy sorting and storage.
You will find all of the Sonia Sotomayor resources described here:
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If you are looking for additional resources for your study on biographies, you will find our unit of study here: Biography Unit of Study
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