This is a ready-to-use, 41-page packet designed for teachers to use with students in grades 4-6 as they read ABOUT AVERAGE, by Andrew Clements. Included is an 18 page student booklet that divides the text into four reading assignments with questions and tasks that support CCSS to go with each one. Provided also are an answer key, a listing of common core standards supported , a listing of challenging vocabulary for teachers' use, and a vocabulary bookmark for students to use while reading the book and using the student booklet.
The questions and tasks in the student booklet cover and reinforce the skills that good readers and writers need. These include: comprehension, inferring, recognizing character traits, point of view, compare/contrast, figurative language (simile, personification, idiom, metaphor, oxymoron,) setting, and determining author’s purpose. The packet also gives students practice in writing to explain their thinking and to demonstrate their understanding. The booklet is designed for independent work so that students can work on this in class while the teacher is meeting with another group.
The novel studies I create are intended to make the student's reading experience richer and the teacher's life easier. They can be copied (duplexed or single sided) and stapled along the side to make a workbook and then put to use that very same day! I design them to support the text and to support Common Core Standards. They can be given to a parent or aide to direct a book club or literature circle or discussion group. They can be used as class work or as homework. They can be used to assess student understanding. I hope you will find them as helpful and all-encompassing as I have!
ABOUT AVERAGE in a nutshell:
Another popular story by best-selling author, Andrew Clements! Sixth grader Jordan sees herself as average in everything that is really important in her life. Sure, she's great at some things like babysitting and organization and being nice, but her grades are mostly C's and she is never the student who stands out as being really smart or popular. She yearns to be more special. But when a disaster comes, she shows herself and everyone else just how remarkable she really is.
Appropriate for students in grades 4-6. Reading level is approximately 4th grade.