Looking to pack more into your read aloud time?
Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, by Kate DiCamillo, makes a great read-aloud for the classroom and is enthusiastically enjoyed by boys and girls alike. The main character, Flora, is endearing and the text provides a very challenging vocabulary. This 2014 Newbery Honor Book offers both fantasy and reality along with healthy doses of humor and a memorable cast of characters. Ulysses is a superhero who happens to be a squirrel; Flora could be any spunky, insightful kid who is living with the recent divorce of parents; and, then there's William...a quirky, bright, and temporarily-blind 11 year old. If you are looking for a fun book to read to your class, do them a big favor and choose this!
This packet contains 73 pages of materials designed to help the teacher, aide, or parent enrich the read-aloud experience for students in grades 4-7 and support the CCSS at the same time. Included in this packet are:
1. teacher tips
2. vocabulary lists and games to go with each day of read-aloud
3. ready-to-use, 25 page student booklet master
4. Culminating Activities (5 pages)
5. answer key
6. a list of Common Core State Standards for grades 4-7 supported in this packet.
NOTE: I also have a A Novel Study for Flora & Ulysses Packet
that is designed for teachers who plan to use this book as an independently read novel study. Many activities are the same as or similar to the ones in this LISTEN-and-RESPOND packet. However, the activities in this packet are designed for students who are listening to the book being read rather than reading it independently. I recommend that you NOT purchase both products as there will be a lot of duplication.
The student booklet divides the listening sessions into eight days of teacher read-aloud. It provides questions and activities for students to do during and after listening to the book being read aloud. The student activities are designed to be both fun and instructive. Reading and writing skills/crafts that are practiced in this packet include recognizing figurative language (idioms, puns, similes, metaphors, hyperbole, personification, & onomatopoeia), visualizing/sketching, genre, explaining/describing/clarifying, inferring, vocabulary extension, demonstrating comprehension, summary writing, creative writing, compare/contrast, and understanding the author’s purpose. The student booklet provides students with essential quotations from the text since it is expected that they will not have the actual book in front of them as a reference. The teacher should plan to allow about 30 minutes following the oral reading for students to complete that day’s activities. Occasional mini-lessons and class discussions on some of the writing crafts and techniques introduced may be necessary depending on the skills of the students.
FLORA & ULYSSES: The Illuminated Adventures…in a Nutshell:
Kate DiCamillo has written yet another award-winning book! This 2014 Newbery Honor Book is somewhat of a departure from her earlier books, incorporating comics into the text, but it is still full of insightful humor and wisdom that will appeal to readers of many ages.
Ten year old Flora is "a natural born cynic" coping with the divorce of her parents: a mother seemingly too busy with her writing to have much interest in Flora and a sometimes sad, but quirky, father who shares her love of superheroes. Flora's adventures in this book involve a squirrel who amazingly gains super powers after being rescued from her neighbor's vacuum cleaner and a "temporarily blind" 11-year old boy in need of a friend!
Appropriate listening for all levels; reading level is 6th grade.
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