If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know just how much I love to read and share books with my kids. Every night I try to post a picture of the books I read to my kids for bedtime stories. Recently, we read Dragons Love Tacos and Dragons Love Tacos 2, The Sequel by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri. We enjoyed a lot of giggles while reading the stories, and the books had my mind spinning with ideas. I want to share some activities you can pair with these books.
ABOUT THE BOOKS
Just as the titles suggest, dragons love tacos. But what happens when fire-breathing dragons devour tacos with spicy salsa? You guessed it! The first book follows a young boy as he prepares to host a taco party for dragons that doesn’t end quite like he expected. The sequel follows a young boy and a group of dragons as they race through time to save tacos before they become extinct. No matter which book you choose, it’s sure to be a hit with kids!
If you don’t already have a copy of these books in your school or classroom library, you can find them on Amazon.
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DRAGONS LOVE TACOS ACTIVITIES
Both book companions have a large focus on comprehension and vocabulary. You’ll find 12 comprehension questions to pair with each story. These can help guide the discussion as you read the book or to check for understanding after reading. Students can also respond to these questions in writing.
You’ll also find several options for students to either retell or summarize the story.
For each book, I have selected a set of vocabulary words or phrases to focus on. There are vocabulary cards with definitions that can be printed in color, or use the black and white option to print on colored paper. Students can work with these vocabulary words with these matching and fill-in-the-blank activities.
For Dragons Love Tacos, students can extend their learning with these activities. They can create their own taco party invitation, use clues to solve the date of the party, and complete a book review.
For fun, students can poll their classmates to find their favorite type of salsa and build the perfect taco.
For Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel, there are even more activities. This includes a word search, a graphing activity, a book review, and two creative writing activities that pair with the story.
DRAGONS LOVE TACOS WRITING CRAFT
After reading Dragons Love Tacos, students can put together this taco writing craft.
This craft includes templates to build a taco with meat, lettuce, cheese, and tomatoes. I have also included several suggestions for writing prompts, but you can always choose your own. These writing prompts can be glued inside the taco.
This taco craft is included with the book companion for the first book.
DRAGONS LOVE TACOS DIRECTED DRAWING
Since the first book companion includes a writing craft, I decided to add a directed drawing to the second pack. There are two different styles of dragons. Students can add details and choose colors to make each dragon their own. I have also included some suggested writing prompts and writing template papers.
DRAGONS LOVE TACOS DIGITAL ACTIVITIES
With many classrooms going digital, I decided to add some digital options to these book companions. In addition to the printable PDFs, you will find Slides links that can be used with Google Classroom. I have also included fillable student PDFs. Please note: these digital options do not include the craft or directed drawing.
These book companions are also available in this Dragons Love Tacos Bundle.
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