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Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly read by Kyra Sedgwick


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© Storyline Online/SAG-AFTRA Foundation

Grade Level Grades 2-3
Resource Type Activity
Standards Alignment
Common Core State Standards

About This Lesson

It’s hard to be Velma, the littlest Gratch, entering the first grade. That’s because everyone has marvelous memories of her two older sisters, who were practically perfect first graders. Poor Velma—people can barely remember her name. But all that changes on a class trip to the magnificent Butterfly Conservatory—a place neither of her sisters has ever been. When a monarch roosts on Velma’s finger and won’t budge for days…well, no one will forget Velma ever again.

Storyline Online's Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly is read by Kyra Sedgwick, is written by Alan Madison, and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes.




September 1, 2023
3.05 MB
'Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly' read by Kyra Sedgwick
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Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 3 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.


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