This 31 page packet is designed for teachers to use with students, grades 4-7, as they read A Week in the Woods, by Andrew Clements. Included is a 19 page student booklet that is divided into six reading assignments with questions and tasks to go with each one. Provided also is an answer key. At the end of this packet is a 20 point, end-of-book test along with answer key. In addition, there is a bookmark master for students to keep track of vocabulary words while reading the book and using the student booklet. Created by Jean Martin.
The questions and tasks in this booklet cover and reinforce the skills that good readers and writers need. These include comprehension, vocabulary, inferring, summarizing, connecting to the text, understanding character traits, predicting, and determining author's purpose. The packet also gives students practice in writing to explain their thinking and to demonstrate their understanding in addition to a creative writing task. The booklet is designed for independent work so that students can work on this in class while the teacher is meeting with another group.
In my classroom students were responsible for completing one reading assignment with the accompanying questions/activities each week. I gave them three, 40 minute periods per week to complete one assignment. Additionally, they would meet once a week with me (or an aide or a parent) and with the other students reading the same book (we called this a "book club meeting") to discuss the book and review the assignments.
Customize the use of this packet as you wish. What worked for me, may not be what works best for you. For example, instead of using this as class work, the packet could also be used as homework. Also, instead of creating a booklet, the pages can be copied and handed out singly as separate assignments.
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A WEEK IN THE WOODS in a nutshell:
Another popular story by best-selling author, Andrew Clements! Mark Chelmsley is the new kid at school and he resents having to change schools again. Mr. Maxwell resents having a new kid in class who shows no interest in his popular Week in the Woods event. These two people have a lot to learn about each other, about preconceived notions, and about character. Students are sure to get caught up in the adventure and drama presented in this book.
Appropriate for students in grades 4-7. Reading level is approximately 4th grade.
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