In this unit you will find activities that aligned the ELA Common Core Standards for 4th grade; however, the materials are adaptable for other grade levels as well.
Included in this unit you are the following:
• Cover for student packet
• Ask Questions (before, during, after)
• Character Recording Sheet
• Sequence of Events (multiple copies for each student may be needed)
• Story Map Organizer
• Ghastly Mansion Details
• Somebody…Wanted…But…So…Then Summary Strategy
• Book Theme Organizer
• Three Character Trait Maps (Ignatius B. Grumply, Olive C. Spence, and Seymour Hope)
• Compare and Contrast Seymour and Ignatius Organizer
• Illustrating Idioms
• Text Features Organizer
• Vocabulary Word Hunt
• Making Connections Organizer
• Character Analysis
• Haunted Mansion Writing Activity- include prompt, brainstorming organizer, paragraph planning sheet, Haunted Mansion Stationery, and an example piece to share with your students
I hope your kids enjoy this unit as much as my kids have! :)
I hope that I can address your question adequately. 43 Old Cemetery Road is a 3rd-5th grade level chapter book and I would not recommend it for student in the primary grades. The text is too difficult. The packet includes graphic organizers and activities to go along with the book. There are answers for pages that require specific answers, but the packet is designed to be open and there could be multiple answers. There is no rubrics included. I hope this helps.
May 6, 2013
Hi Nicole! I purchased this unit and am very excited to use it. I would love to know the timeline for which you implemented this in your classroom. Thank you so much!
I am so glad that you are excited about the unit. It is SUCH a fun book to teach! Many of my kids have gone on to purchase and read the other books in the series. A new book comes out April 2, 2013 and my kids can hardly wait.
As far as a timeline of the book, I think that would depend on the level of your students. I teach two different reading classes-they are skill grouped. The higher group moved at a much faster pace than the other group. The faster group finished the books and activities in 2 1/2 weeks. The other group took 3 weeks and I didn't teach ALL of the skills in the book packet for that group. I just did some picking and choosing for what worked best for each group. I did the writing piece about the haunted house during my writing class, which is a separate time period than my reading. It took about 1 1/2 weeks to prewrite, complete a rough draft, edit and revise, and publish.
I hope this helps with planning your instruction. Have fun! How doesn't love a good ghost story? Especially one as cute as 43 Old Cemetery Road.