Get your year off to a terrific start with the wonderful book, Because of Winn Dixie.
In my opinion, Because of Winn Dixie, may be the best book for young readers ever written. I read it aloud to my class at the beginning of every year. There are so many valuable lessons our students can learn through the characters in this book. That’s why Because of Winn Dixie is the perfect way to introduce important life lessons at the beginning of the school year.
This packet is not a literature study guide. It is a set of activities you can use as you read the book, Because of Winn-Dixie, aloud to your class. The activities, described below, will help your students learn valuable life lessons, get to know one another and set goals for the school year ahead.
4-23 Life Lessons from Winn Dixie
Guided questions and 13 life lessons to discuss with students. (honesty and truthfulness, curiosity, compassion, responsibility, courage, teamwork, respect, loyalty, generosity, friendly, self-control, perseverance, joyfulness) Student booklet can be used to summarize the life lessons or to write about their personal experiences with these life lessons.
P. 24-27 Our Tree of Goals
Students set one or two goals for themselves to hang on a class tree display. The goals are a starting point toward setting class rules.
P. 28-41 Names, Names, Names!
Three activities to learn about names. (Name interview, Name Bingo, and Name Art)
P. 42-43 New and Renew Friendships
Learn about classmates with the Circle of Friends activity.
P. 44-50 Ten Things About Me Flip Book
Students write ten things about themselves in a flip book.
P. 51-58 All About Us Glyph and Graphs
Students complete a dog glyph with information about themselves, then use the date to draw bar graphs.
P. 59- 67 Because of Winn Dixie We Love to Read
These end-of-book activities highlight the story elements; characters, setting, and plot.
Ten pages of teacher information/directions are also included.
Copyright © 2013 Debbie Crockett
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