"Because of Winn-Dixie" is a perfect read for students in 3rd-5th grade. The main character, Opal, is easy to relate to while learning valuable life lessons. I use this book as a read aloud, allowing for class discussion and close reading instruction/practice as a whole group (or small group).
This novel study packet would guide your instruction, chapter-by-chapter, highlighting a wide range of reading strategies and comprehension skills. This would work well as a whole class read, a literature circle guide, an independent book study, or a guided reading chapter book.
This packet contains comprehension activities/questions for each chapter. Vocabulary work and figurative language activities. There are also extension comprehension questions to further your students' understanding and/or practice extended response style questions.
Check out my other Kate DiCamillo - Novel Study Packets:
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Tale of Despereaux
Flora & Ulysses