Pinky and Rex

Lesson 4


Describe the lesson that Amanda, Pinky, and Rex learned by using details to describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges and what lesson they learn from the major events.

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Target Task


What lesson did Amanda, Pinky, and Rex learn? How did they learn it?

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Key Questions


  • Based on the title, what do you predict this chapter will be about?

  • What do Pinky, Rex and Amanda want? Why do they all want the same thing?

  • How does the author use italics to show how each of the characters feels about the dinosaur? (Make sure to notice the words have, pink, too, and I.)

  • How does the illustration on p. 32 help the reader understand how everyone is feeling?

  • What does the phrase "Pinky's face fell" mean? What does it show about Pinky?

  • What was Pinky and Rex's first plan for how to get the dinosaur? Why did it not work?

  • How did Amanda save the day?

  • What lesson did Amanda, Pinky, and Rex learn?

Lesson Guidance

Text Complexity Analysis

  • Language Features: The author uses italics to convey and emphasize character emotion and feeling in this section of text. Explain to students why certain words are in italics and then model reading the italics with expression that reflects character’s mood.

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Common Core Standards

  • RL.2.2 — Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.

  • RL.2.3 — Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

  • RF.2.4 — Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.