Phoebe just can’t catch a break!
Unwillingly sent to summer camp by her well-meaning (yet spacey) parents, the pithy and put-upon protagonist of Beverly Keller’s Camp Trouble
will have your students in stitches!
While we sympathize with Phoebe, who suffers every indignity imaginable at Camp Big Tree (disgusting food, crabby counselors, and a baaaad case of poison oak), there’s no denying that this story makes for awesome reading comprehension practice.
Cue 88Brains! We delve into this novel and squeeze out all kinds of vocabulary and important reading skills. Then, in our typical fashion, we follow up our thorough mini-lessons with tons
of engaging practice. Check out the preview file and read below to get an idea of all the fabulous practice we’ve packed into this packet!
Here's what we provide for each chapter:
* An "I Can" statement that gives an overall learning objective that clearly states what each child should be able to do upon completion of the chapter.
* Pre-selected vocabulary words, definitions, example sentences, and a place for your students to demonstrate their mastery of the words by writing their own sentences.
* A mini-lesson that introduces or reviews a specific reading skill.
* Reading skill practice examples for the following skills:
- Main Idea
- Referencing the Text
- Analyzing Characters
- Context Clues
- Sequential Order
- Elements of Plot: Conflict and Resolution
* Activities that the students complete to practice the reading skills, including graphic organizers, fill-in-the-blank activities, and crossword puzzles
* A literacy skill practice assignment that students can complete individually, in pairs or small groups, or with the teacher. Literacy skills for Camp Trouble include:
* A writing challenge section. These are presented in three formats:
- General writing challenges which invite students to participate with the characters and plot by drawing parallels to their own experiences. (Think: text-to-self, text-to-text, or text-to-world.)
- Visualization writing challenges which invite students to describe sights, sounds, smells and feelings by extrapolating details from the setting and putting themselves inside the world of the story.
- Figurative language writing challenges which introduce and review similes, onomatopoeia, and hyperbole. Students will then complete sentence prompts or craft their own sentences from scratch to practice using these forms of figurative language.
* Super-cute original clip art illustrations
* A vocabulary review section that will spiral back through the selected vocabulary of previous chapters.
* Vocabulary review quizzes that assess students’ mastery of selected vocabulary for the following chapter groups:
- Chapters 1 – 3 (section 1)
- Chapters 3 (section 2) – 5 (section 1)
- Chapter 5 (section 2 – section 4)
- Chapters 6 – 7
We wrap up the packet with the following:
* A general review crossword puzzle requiring students to provide the names of various reading/literacy skills and figurative language types introduced throughout the packet.
* A figurative language review activity AND a figurative language quiz in which students must correctly identify the type of figurative language being used when given sentences excerpted from the book.
* A study guide with 4 sample questions and explanations of appropriate strategies used to answer them.
* A 16-question multiple-choice assessment that prepares students for EOGs, EOCs, and other standardized tests.
* 16 additional
multiple-choice assessment questions for use as a re-test.
* Answer Keys.
* Camp Trouble
* Your own special Teacher Swag!
* Print in color to enhance the super-cuteness of the clip art illustrations
* Consider printing front and back for green points
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Looking for more Guided Reading Plans?
If your students got a kick out of Phoebe’s brand of spunk and sarcasm, you should definitely check these books out:
* Amber Brown Goes Fourth
* How to Eat Fried Worms
By the way,
if you find yourself in need of extra context clue practice, we've got PLENTY. Check these resources out:
* Introduction to Context Clues - FREEBIE
* A Third Grader's Guide to Context Clues
* A Fourth Grader's Guide to Context Clues
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