Sylvester and the Magic Pebble is the story of a donkey who finds a wishing
pebble. Sylvester makes a poor decision when making his wish and as a
result, is turned into a stone. His parents are heartbroken and spend nearly
a year searching for him. Fortunately, the tale ends well, reinforcing how
important it is to hold dear the ones we love most and avoid greed at all
costs. This module invites students to step into the shoes (hooves) of the
animal characters, explore geology, and consider what wishes they might
make if given a choice.
Before you begin...
Each Artful Reading Module is flexibly designed for a 2-3 week duration.
Lessons are marked for Before-, During-, or After-Reading to guide your
planning. We have added a sample of a Before Reading lesson entitled Rocks and Minerals for you to preview. Each lesson is designed in an easy to read format, with standards, materials needed, and step-by-step directions to ensure you are fully prepared when it’s time to deliver.
This module contains the following lessons:
- Rock On!
- Rocks and Minerals
- Everybody Needs a Rock
- Tableau Predictions
- Seasonal Trees
- Dive In!
- People Sculptures
- Wishing Well
At the end of the module, you will find options for summative writing tasks
and optional extensions that can stretch the module further.
For your reference, we have added images of the literacy standards matrix for this module.
Rocks, Crystals, Minerals, Pebble, Wish, Ceased, Diver, Leapt
Note: This module is part of 2nd Grade: Series 2. The four modules in Series 2 collectively address all National ELA and Core Arts Standards.