This supplemental packet can be used in combination with a novel study or comprehension packet. The packet begins with a scavenger hunt for information about Kate DiCamillo, author. Following the scavenger hunt are vocabulary building activities broken up into chapters 1-5, 6-10, 11-15, 16-20, and 21-26. Each vocabulary building activity has a three-column chart. Words are listed in the first chart and example sentences (words in context) are in the second column. Students must use the example sentence along with a dictionary to determine the definition to fill in the last column. A vocabulary quiz is included after the activities.
At the end of the packet is a writing assignment to tie in the theme of family that is woven throughout the novel. Students have an opportunity to explore their own unique families through a three-paragraph essay.