“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Bibliographic Information: The Berenstain Bears Go on Vacation. Written by Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain. HarperCollins Publishers. c. 2010, 32pp.
Reading Level: 680L
Synopsis: The Berenstain Bears have come to Gull Island for summer vacation. They go fishing, swimming, and build sand castles, and on a rainy day, they go explore the Gull Island Museum. All to soon their vacation is over, but they know they will be back again.
Rationale for Use: The Berenstain Bears are a class favorite, and the students love to learn more about what the bears get into. This text has a lot of sequencing, and would be a great text to use when teaching students to retell stories using key details.
Common Core Connection: RL 1.2: Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrates understanding of their central message or lesson. RL 1.1: Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.