Fish in a Tree Bundle: Novel Study and "After You Read" Companion

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4th - 6th
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    Check out this TWO PART bundle to help you get the most out of the amazing novel, Fish in a Tree!

    Part 1: A full novel study complete with teaching points, comprehension questions, and so much more!

    Part 2: An "After you read" companion to provide even more opportunities for comprehension, discussion, writing, and more.


    See below for even more details--or check the individual previews to see more!


    PART 1: This novel unit is a little different than others out there… there aren’t a ton of question pages… vocabulary in isolation… quizzes… worksheets... or projects. Instead, it helps you dig into "Fish in a Tree" at just the right level for upper elementary students.

    It is filled with suggested teaching points and reflection questions (in two formats—full page reproducibles and “clippable” versions to glue into reader’s notebooks)--all meant to help you help your students dig into this amazing book.

    This resource is meant to nurture discussion, “close reading”, and proving ideas with evidence from the text. If you are looking for an in-depth resource to use with small groups, a class read aloud, or to support individual students with quality instruction and deep thinking—you’ve come to the right place! My goal is to help teachers nurture a love of reading and talking and writing about books!

    What do you get?

    *Full page reproducible copies of open ended, constructed response comprehension questions focusing on key plot elements, deeper thinking, and proving ideas with examples in the text for EACH chapter—providing students the opportunity to show their understanding and to give them a way to organize their thinking for discussions. Fish in a Tree is a book that can be read on so many levels--and this resource can help you.

    *The same questions or “prompts” in a format that makes it easy to cut and glue into notebooks.

    *A sample response checklist to help you assess and to help students recognize the level of expectations required of their work

    *A page of teaching “tips” and suggestions. After using this book with students many times, I have gathered a collection of “things to notice”, places where students sometimes struggle, and other literary elements that I like to highlight with the text.

    *A list of the grade 4 and grade 5 CCSS connections to see how this book can help meet the requirements of the CCSS or other rigorous standards

    *A set of “bonus” response pages that can be used with this resource to cover certain areas in more depth, to use as assessments or as enrichment, or to extend the learning further

    *A set of graphic organizers to provide even more ways to help students show their deeper thinking about the text

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    PART 2: Whether you read this book aloud, used it in book clubs, or did a full class novel study, taking the time to process at the end is so valuable! Having a shared text like this is a great way to have all your students—despite their reading level—work on higher-level comprehension skills and so much more.

    We want students thinking, speaking, and writing deeply about texts, and this companion provides a set of activities that will do exactly that! From creative writing, character analysis, book discussions, creative thinking exercises, and a STEM activity, let this set of projects help your students take full advantage of the learning opportunities provided by this amazing text.

    Check out these 8 great activities to get students thinking deeply about characters, events, and more! Make sure to download the preview to see exactly what you get with each!

    1. Impossible Things Sketchbook (pages 6 -14)

    2. Design a T-shirt (pages 15 -20)

    3. Discussion Cards/Writing Prompts (pages 21 -51)

    4. Letters to the Characters (pages 52 -57)

    5. Shaker Box STEM Activity (pages 58 - 63)

    6. Where Are They Now? (pages 64 -70)

    7. Theme Time! (pages 71 -82)

    8. Strengths and Goals (pages 83 -88)

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    ***What are teachers saying about this resource?***

    "I think the best part of your novel study are the teaching points for each chapter. You have really put a lot of thought into these and they are not typical reader response questions. Thank you for your insight!"

    "A fantastic resource for a fantastic book! Thank you so much- You really provided excellent points and conversation starters."

    "So thought provoking and a great tool to use to prompt the deeper topics of this book chapter by chapter! Love it!"

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    128 pages
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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
    Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
    Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
    Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
    By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.


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