Because of Winn-Dixie Novel Study

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This resource was well put together and engaging for the students. This was my first book study to do and it made it a breeze. Can't wait to use it again!
We are doing our novel study over Because of Winn Dixie and I love how interactive this study is. It has everything in it and also more!
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Novel study for Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. This 100+ page no-prep novel study unit is the perfect accompaniment to the book Because of Winn-Dixie. Through these activities, your students will love developing their reading and comprehension skills through printables and worksheets. They will also analyze characters, create setting descriptions, develop vocabulary skills and enjoy engaging writing activities based on events in the book. Also included are fun cross curricular activities based on the themes in the book. The unit also includes chapter questions with an answer key so you will be able to assess your students' understanding of the story.

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What's included:

★ Full teacher instructions and ideas for use

★ Student "Because of Winn-Dixie' project cover page

Character Studies

★ Opal

★ Winn-Dixie

★ The Preacher

★ Gloria Dump

★ Miss Franny Block

★ Otis

★ Character comparison - Opal and Winn-Dixie

★ Character comparison - Student Choice

★ Opal character changes

Setting Descriptions

★ The Grocery Store setting description plan and writing activity

★ Gertrude's Pets setting description plan and writing activity

Reading Activities

★ All about Kate DiCamillo

★ Text to self connections

★ Text to text connections

★ Text to world connections

★ Cause and effect

★ Problem and Solution

★ Because of Winn-Dixie book review

Writing Activities

★ Newspaper report article about the stray dog in the grocery store

★ Should Opal take Winn-Dixie home? (dilemma exploration)

★ Letter to Opal's father to persuade him to keep the dog

★ 10 things about me

★ Job advert for help at Gertrude's Pets

★ My Dream Pet activity

★ Mistakes exploration

★ Littmus Lozenge persuasive poster advert

★ Party invitation

★ Lost dog poster

★ Opal's Diary

★ Exploration of themes in the novel

Vocabulary Activities

★ Explore the words written in Because of Winn-Dixie (definitions)

★ Possessive Nouns

★ Irregular Plural Nouns

Cross Curricular Activities

★ Florida fact-file

★ Name the constellations

★ Create a map of the town of Naomi

★ Guide to looking after a pet

Chapter summary activities

Chapter comprehension quizzes (answers included)

Both US and UK spelling options included.


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.
Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories and poetry, in the grades 2–3 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.


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