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A top seller for Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli. Your students will love these activities! There are twenty cards with 100 activities, 5 per card. Activities include thought provoking open ended and opinion questions, literal and inferential questions, art activities, themes, cartoons, bullying, comparisons, and much more. These can be used during reading and after completing the novel. Laminate and use year to year. Can be used in small or large groups, as independent seat work or at centers.Templates are included for activities that require them.

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On  February 3, 2014,  Buyer said:
These will be great for extension activity.
On  February 3, 2014Ruth S. answered:
Hi again! Great idea! I also have them at a center for those students who are "fast finishers". They love being able to choose the activities they want to do. I really appreciate your comment and rating.
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On  January 9, 2014,  Shannon H. said:
great
On  January 10, 2014Ruth S. answered:
Hi! Thank you! :) I really appreciate your comment and rating. Happy New Year!
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On  December 13, 2013,  April R. said:
Excellent!
On  December 14, 2013Ruth S. answered:
Hi! Thank you! I love sharing the resources I create with other teachers. I really appreciate your comment and rating! :)
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On  November 22, 2013,  Buyer said:
Fun activities!
On  November 22, 2013Ruth S. answered:
Hi Lisa! Thank you! I had a lot of fun creating them! I really appreciate your comment and rating!
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On  November 14, 2013Anna Nesbitt (TpT Seller) said:
very helpful in planning novel unit and creating a choiceboard
On  November 14, 2013Ruth S. answered:
Hi Anna! Thank you! I love Maniac Magee! I'm so glad your students will have the opportunity to use my task cards! I really appreciate your comment and rating. Have a wonderful year!
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On  October 2, 2013Read2Me (TpT Seller) said:
I'm a big fan of your materials! Thanks!
On  October 2, 2013Ruth S. answered:
Hi again, Read2Me! Awww thank you so much for your sweet comment and rating. Doesn't it seem like we're team teaching! :) Fun!
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On  September 17, 2013,  Buyer said:
Great resource!
On  September 17, 2013Ruth S. answered:
Hi! Thank you so much! I really appreciate your comment and rating. Best wishes for a wonderful new school year. :)
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On  July 11, 2013,  Buyer said:
Great Activities!
On  July 12, 2013Ruth S. answered:
Hi Mlflear! Thank you! I really appreciate your comment and rating. :) Have a wonderful summer! Thanks for stopping by!
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On  June 2, 2013,  Buyer said:
Awesome!
On  June 3, 2013Ruth S. answered:
Hi Moralesp! Thank you! I love sharing my ideas with other teachers! These cards are great for small or large groups and pairs who like working together. I really appreciate your comment and rating. Thanks for stopping by!
Ruth
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On  February 3, 2013EduKate and Taylor-Made (TpT Seller) said:
Can't wait to use them!
On  February 5, 2013Ruth S. answered:
Hi jsamuel4! Thank you so much for purchasing my Maniac Magee cards! I really appreciate your comment and rating! Thanks for stopping by!
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On  January 24, 2013,  Buyer said:
I am excited to use this unit with my students.
On  January 28, 2013Ruth S. answered:
Hi Alboote! Don't you just love this book?? It's one of my favorite stories to read with my students. Thank you so much for purchasing my Maniac Magee cards. I really appreciate your comment and rating. Have fun! Happy New Year!
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On  October 10, 2012Kim Ziliak  (TpT Seller) said:
Thanks!
On  October 10, 2012Ruth S. answered:
Hi again Kim! Maniac Magee is one of my favorite class novels. I love reading part of it aloud to my kids because I like acting out the parts. Thank you so much for purchasing my cards and for your kind rating. :)
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On  September 13, 2012,  Shannon P. said:
Great resource to use for my stations.
On  September 13, 2012Ruth S. answered:
Hi Sproctor23! Thank you for purchasing my Maniac Magee Activity Cards! Yes, they're great station activities. The kids love choosing what activities they want to complete. I really appreciate your comment and rating!
Have a fantastic year. :)
Ruth
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On  August 27, 2012M Reif (TpT Seller) said:
Very useful
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Hi M Reif! Thank you so much for purchasing my Maniac Magee Activity Cards! I really appreciate your comment and rating!
Have a great year!
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On  August 5, 2012,  Maile B. said:
I only used some of the activities, as they were not all appropriate to the particular group of students I was working with at the time. However, the product was exactly the type of thing I was looking for and I am sure I'll be able to use it again in the future.
On  August 5, 2012Ruth S. answered:
Hi maile519! Thank you so much for purchasing my Maniac Magee Activity Cards! I appreciate you letting me know that even though they weren't appropriate for a particular group, that they were what you were looking for! I really appreciate your comment and rating! We TpT teachers love to know how are products are used in classrooms around the country!
Ruth
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On  June 19, 2012Mary Anne Patchett (TpT Seller) said:
Can't wait to use these cards this new school year!
On  June 19, 2012Ruth S. answered:
Thanks Mapatchett! I often let the kids work in small groups so they can talk about the book as they do the activities. Sometimes I'll even let them work together so they all have the same answers. Brainstorming it great! The nice thing about these cards is they can be used while reading the book or after the book has been read. Thank you for your comment and rating!
Have fun!
Ruth
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On  April 21, 2011Wise Owl Factory (TpT Seller) said:
The 100 activities provided are great because the cards can be used as differentiation with students self-selecting one or more activities per card. I can also see these cards being used with a gifted and talented class study of Maniac Magee. The open-ended graphic organizer work pages at the end of this file where students consider homelessness and so on would be great for discussions. Wonderful!
On  April 21, 2011Ruth S. answered:
Carolyn, thank you so much for your comment. I've used these cards with heterogeneously grouped students for many years with great success. My students love being able to select the activities they want to do. I appreciate your thoughtful comment!
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Thanks!
On  March 31, 2014Ruth S. answered:
Hi Kathleen! You're very welcome. I love sharing resources I create, with other teachers, knowing how busy our lives can be. I wish you had rated my Maniac Magee cards. :) Have a wonderful week!
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On  December 16, 2013Nancy McHenry (TpT Seller) said:
I ended up not using this material
On  December 17, 2013Ruth S. answered:
Hi Nancy, I'm sorry you didn't get a chance to observe how excited students are when they work in collaborative groups and brainstorm for answers. Maniac Magee is one of my favorite books to read with my students because of the important themes and lessons it teaches. I hope you get to use the cards in the future. :)
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On  October 5, 2013,  Buyer said:
I loved these ideas and plan on using them during an observation...Thank you thank you thank you!
On  October 5, 2013Ruth S. answered:
Hi! What a great idea! Thank you for your comment! Have a wonderful year!
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On  September 2, 2013,  Buyer said:
Very thorough!
On  September 2, 2013Ruth S. answered:
Hi!! Thank you so much! This is one of my favorite stories. It teaches so many valuable lessons. I really appreciate your comment and rating! Have a fantastic new school year. :)
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On  June 10, 2012,  Buyer asked:
Are the Maniac Magee Activity Cards organized by chapter or sections of the book?
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On  June 10, 2012Ruth S. answered:
Hi Lori! The cards can be used while reading Maniac Magee or completed after they're finished. They're not in order by chapter. I usually assign an activity after they've read a chapter. For instance after they read the chapter about Cobble's Knot, I have them do the activity on Card #9 that asks why they think Maniac really wanted to untie the knot. When they're finished writing the responses, they share them in small groups. A more generic activity asks them to write a rap about Maniac and present it to the class.
i give a set of the cards to each small group so they have them handy as they read the book. They can flip through them and select an activity they want to do. I like to give my students choices and this is a great way to do it. Oh! I also tell them they can do an activity only once. Hope this helps. All my coworkers love these cards if that helps :)
Ruth
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