Created by Jean Martin and revised in 2017, this is a ready-to-use 42 page packet designed for teachers who have students in grades 4-7 who are reading the novel, The One and Only Ivan (2013 Newbery Award winner). Included is a 23 page student workbook, an answer key, a student vocabulary bookmark, and a list of handy resources to use in the classroom. The student workbook divides the text into five reading assignments with essential reading, writing, and thinking skills addressed in activities that go with each assignment. Skills include:
using a glossary
determining author’s purpose
recognizing fact and fiction
understanding similes and metaphors
The emphasis is on comprehension and writing: ideal for kids who need practice in these skills. The booklet is designed for independent work so that students may work on this in class or at home.
The student booklet appears almost entirely in black-and-white to keep copying costs as low as possible out of consideration for school budgets.
A list of teacher resources is provided in the packet.
(PLEASE NOTE: The hardback edition of this book has very different page numbering than the paperback edition. When page numbers referring to the text appear in the student booklet, the page number for the paperback version of the book appears first; hardback is second. Hence, 15/10 would be page 15 in the paperback version and page 10 in the hardback version.)
The One and Only Ivan in a nutshell:
This 2013 Newbery Award-winning book by Katherine Applegate is a work of fiction inspired by a real-life event: that of a gorilla named Ivan who spent 27 years living alone in a small cage in a Washington state mall without seeing another gorilla. In the book, Ivan tells us his story: his life before the cage and his life as experienced behind the glass walls of his domain. His words are poetic, insightful, often humorous, and always poignant. Against all odds, his own artwork ended up helping him gain his own freedom and that of the charming baby Ruby, an abused and frightened elephant whom Ivan felt it his duty to protect. The book is bound to bring tears, smiles, amazement, and a realization by all who read it that they, indeed, can make a difference in the lives of others.
The real Ivan died on August 20, 2012 at the age of 50...not long after the book was written.
Appropriate for students in grades 4+. Reading level is approximately 5th grade.
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