The Name Jar | Back-to-School Read Aloud Unit | Picture Book Reading Lessons


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This engaging picture book read aloud is perfect for back-to-school and celebrating each student’s name. This read aloud unit is built around the picture book The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi. You will need to obtain a copy of the book prior to beginning the unit. You should be able to find it at your local library. You may also be able to find a video read aloud on Youtube.


During this unit, your students will be creating a flip book to complete as you work though the unit. Instructions are provided for printing and assembling the flip book, making your prep work simple and efficient.


Included in this unit:

  • Anticipation Guide
  • Graphic Organizers
  • Theme
  • Vocabulary
  • Assessment
  • Written Response
  • Class Activity




  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.1 Ask and answer such questions as¬†who, what, where, when, why, and¬†how¬†to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.2 Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.3 Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.5 Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.2.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 2 reading and content, choosing flexibly from an array of strategies.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2.3 Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.



  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.1 Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.2 Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.3 Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.3.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning word and phrases based on grade 3 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.




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