This book study unit is designed for teachers of students in grades 5-8 reading Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett (Scholastic Press, 2004). This outstanding mystery/puzzle novel received the Chicago Tribune Prize for Young Adult Fiction, the Edgar Award for the Best Juvenile Mystery Novel, and the Agatha Award for Best Children's or Young Adult Novel.
This book study unit includes:
*Teacher's Page which describes each feature of the unit and provides information about the art of Jan Vermeer, a list of online resources, and directions for making and using pentominoes.
*A synopsis of Chasing Vermeer
*An Oral Reading and Discussion Guide which divides the reading of the book into 7 sessions and provides a summary and discussion questions for each chapter
*A glossary of 25 vocabulary words
*A vocabulary crossword puzzle matching glossary words with definitions
*A vocabulary review using the glossary words in sentence context
*A vocabulary test matching glossary words and definitions
*A comprehension worksheet with 50 questions about details in the story
*A calendar activity about significant events in the story
*A master for printing paper pentominoes
* A comprehension test with matching and open response questions.
*Answer Key for all items.
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I have used this unit with my fifth graders with great success.