This is a ready-to-use, 72 page novel study packet designed for teachers to use with students in grades 4-7 who are reading Kate DiCamillo's 2014 Newbery Honor Book, Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures. This packet was created by Jean Martin to help the teacher (or aide/parent) guide and enrich the reading experience for students while supporting the CCSS at the same time.
NOTE: I also have a Listen and Respond: Flora & Ulysses Packet
that is designed for teachers who plan to use this book as a read-aloud for their class. Many activities are the same or similar as the ones in this novel study packet. However, the activities in this packet are designed for students who are independently reading and working on the novel study. I recommend that you NOT purchase both products as there will be a lot of duplication.
Included in this packet:
1. overview and teacher tips
2. ready-to-use, 27 page master for printing student booklets
3. answer key (17 pages)
4. Common Core State Standards for grades 4-7 supported in this packet
5. vocabulary lists and game-cards to go with each assignment
Before-Reading Vocabulary Lists: To familiarize students with the challenging vocabulary that appears throughout the book, I have created lists of vocabulary words that appear in each reading assignment. I encourage teachers to use these lists in any way they feel suitable so that students become familiar with the words before they read independently. Included after the vocabulary lists are masters that can be used to create cards for student games such as "Concentration" or "Go Fish" where students create matches of the words with their definitions.
Student Booklet Master: the student booklet divides the text into six reading assignments (each consisting of approximately 40 pages). Each assignment also includes about 3 pages of tasks and activities designed to go with the reading. The pages provide directions/lessons that should enable students to work independently. Depending on length and number of class periods, it is expected that most students will need a week to complete each reading assignment along with the accompanying activities. Some assignments could be given as homework depending on the needs of the students and teachers.
Writing Craft Pages: A separate page of Writing Crafts is included in most assignments found in the student booklets. Here you will find mini-lessons on the figurative language and other literary elements found in the text for that assignment. If your reading period is not long enough to accommodate these activities as well as the vocabulary and comprehension activities, then the teacher may decide to incorporate this into a writing lesson or assign as homework. Alternatively, these pages could be used for differentiation and assigned only to students who are ready to learn that skill.
Culminating Activities: The last five pages of the student booklet are intended as optional extension activities to be done once the reading has been completed. Skill levels on the culminating activities differ somewhat and may be assigned according to differentiation needs of your students. They may be self-selected by students or considered as a required part of the booklet, depending on the needs of the students and the teacher.
Reading and writing skills/crafts that are practiced in this packet include:
recognizing various figurative language formats (idioms, puns, similes, metaphors, hyperbole, personification, & onomatopoeia)
creating a summary
understanding the author’s purpose/theme
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 appeals to boys and girls alike. Ten year old Flora is an endearing, "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 reliable, father who inspired Flora's 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 for all levels; reading level is 6th grade.