This unit is linked with the 5th grade Iowa Core (the same as the Common Core, plus an extra standard). It could also easily be adapted for 4th or even a read-aloud for 3rd. I personally used this unit for a group of 5th graders who are reading slightly below grade level.
This unit includes vocabulary and a variety of skills and activities that can all be linked the Iowa Core. I like to stick to the point while working students’ brains as they go through a novel.
This unit is flexible, so you are able to decide if students are able to do activities themselves, in small groups, or as a whole class. You may want to have students create special notebooks for this unit.