Mariela also has these terrific Tri-Folds to use with the main story each week! This is a great way for students to comprehend the text.
If you use this reading series, I highly recommend that you visit Mariela's store! Even if you don't use this reading series, she has many other fabulous teaching packets. Also, please check out her adorable new blog: http://learningwithmrss.blogspot.com/.
I have also created a unit to go with the short reads in Unit 5 of 4th grade. These pages are very versatile and easy to use.