Need a unit that's not "wimpy" at all?
This unit is packed with multiple activities and rich vocabulary for all your students to use throughout the year!
This unit was designed to focus on the strong personality traits, feelings, and motivations of the main character Greg Heffley, understand the rich vocabulary used in the novel, and for students to use self reflections about topics in the book.
The novel itself has a reading DRA level of 40-50, so this novel would be great for higher 3rd grade students, perfect for 4th grade students, and a teachable moment for those in the upper grades (5th/6th) who struggle to remain on grade level.
This novel study can be used in many different ways. It can be used as a whole group class project, completed in literacy circles/centers, guided by a teacher in small group learning, summer reading project, homeschool, or as an “independent study” for the GT students as an extension for differentiation.
My plan this next school year is to use this as a differentiated-on going lesson for my GT students. Each month, they will meet in small group, read the chapter, and respond to the interactive notebook by completing, and gluing the pages into their composition notebook.
Students will be challenged to create a game containing rules and how to play/strategies, create a rap song, poems, poster for candidacy, design a piece of exercise equipment, draw out a plan for a haunted house, and more!
This unit has . . .
-month by month activities to correlate with the chapters
-vocabulary study guides
-independent/partner/small group challenges
My third graders were addicted to the series! I hope yours will be too:)