Book activities for "Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina . . . New Orleans"

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About This Book

This is a wonderful book about an ordinary person who made a great difference in the world. The book shows how one humble man who took pride in his work spread happiness in his community.

It is based on the life of a hardworking, friendly,, energetic, fun-loving man named Cornelius Washington, who is a trash collector in the French Quarter and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

This beautiful book demonstrates the human spirit in a modern-day folk hero style.

Marvelous Cornelius : Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans
Written by Phil Bildner
Illustrated by John Parra
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Copyright: 2015
ISBN-10: 1452125783
ISBN-13: 978-1452125787
Ages: 3-8
Grades: K-3
Lexile Measure: AD560L
F&P: P

Summary: A man sings and dances his way through the French Quarter in New Orleans, keeping his beloved city clean, until Hurricane Katrina's devastation nearly causes him to lose his spirit.


Kirkus (07/01/15)
School Library Journal (10/01/15)
Shelf Awareness, starred review
Imagination Soup
Books and Whatnot
School Library Connection
USA Today

Common Core Standards:

2.1, 2.4, 2.5, 2.7, 2.10
3.1, 3.2, 3.4, 3.7, 3.10
4.1, 4.2, 4.4, 4.10

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These activities can be used for individual, small group, for whole class. They could also be used as homework, with guided groups, or with book groups. Small groups could be working on different activities at the same time. The book can be read aloud and selected activities done in class. They could be useful laminated and in a literacy center. It is always a better learning experience if books are discussed in pairs or in groups, in my opinion. Pairs or groups of students can also complete more complex activities.

Students can travel around the classroom to 3 or 4 stations answering questions about the book. The questions can be glued to butcher paper. Each station should have enough squares for all of the class to record their answer. The questions or activities can be posted on the paper or on the wall. Students must support their answers with proof from the book.

This product contains the following activities:

Crown for practice of vocabulary words
Vocabulary Map
Computer vocabulary practice with Quizlet
Vocabulary and definition cards – there are five words on each page. There is the word and the definition next to it. These could be laminated and cut apart to study or play a matching game. Or you could cut through half of the page horizontally under either the word or the definition and fold down the center on the line. This would make a foldable pamphlet and you could have kids draw a picture, write a sentence, synonym, antonym, or other vocabulary activity.
Linking Vocabulary Words
Word sorts by number of syllables, parts of speech, alphabetical order, and number of letters-all with answer keys
Word shapes with answer key
Choose correct spelling of a word from four choices with correct spelling with answer key
Words with missing vowels with answer key
Wordsearch with answer key
Scrambled words with answer key
Crossword with answer key
7 Vocabulary Words with answer key
Cryptogram with answer key
Marking the text with answer key
Exaggeration or truth with answer key
Author and Illustrator with answer key
Sequencing seven events with sequencing page and answer key
Title page activity with answer key
Write the questions to these answers
Scrambled sentences with worksheet for rewriting
Alliteration activity with key
Back matter in a book with answer key
Picture Scavenger Hunt
Cloze activity with answer key
Proofreading for punctuation with answer key
Book interview with a friend
A-B-C Book Order
Three most important events
Design a shirt to advertise the book
Write a diamante poem about Cornelius
Draw a comic strip to summarize the book

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Book activities for "Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrin
Book activities for "Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrin
Book activities for "Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrin
Book activities for "Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrin
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