One of my favorite novels to read with my students every
year is Freckle Juice! It is an engaging, funny and enjoyable
read for students of all reading levels. As a 3rd grade teacher,
two of the major areas of reading I focus on with my students
are comprehension and fluency. I teach my grade level’s tier
II reading intervention. My school has adopted a reading
curriculum with tier II fluency and comprehension resources,
but by the end of the school year the students are ready to mix
it up with other activities and resources, and so am I!
I wanted to create this novel study as a fun way to for
my lower readers to read a funny and age-appropriate book,
while still focusing on their reading comprehension and fluency
skills, including speed, accuracy, expression, and other areas
of reading prosody. I geared these activities toward 2nd-4th
grade levels, depending on your level of readers. This novel
study could easily be used with on-level or enrichment 2nd
grade readers, on-level or tier II 3rd graders, or tier II and
tier III fourth graders. You can certainly pick and choose
which activities are most appropriate for your students!
This file is very LOW PREP! To use this file simply print
the student recording pages & other activities! You could print
each recording page individually, in a packet, or laminate each
page to use year after year! I hope you and your students
enjoy using these activities, and that they love the novel
Freckle Juice! I look forward to hearing your feedback.
This file contains:
~ teacher directions
~ common core standards addressed
~ student cover page (bw)
~ student cover page (color)
~ chapter 1-5 comprehension & language pages
~ reader's theater direction pages, chapter 1-5
~ fluency flexer strips, chapter 1-2
~ fluency flexer student directions
~ expression strips, chapter 3-4
~ expression strips student directions
~ chunking cards, chapter 4-5
~ chunking cards student directions
~ writing a sequel activity
Common Core Standards:
3.RF.4 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
a. Read on level text with purpose and understanding.
b. Read on level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.
c. Use context to confirm or self-correct word and understanding, rereading as necessary.
3.RF.3 Know and apply grade level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
Rl.1 Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
RL.2 Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
RL.3 Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
RL.5 Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.
RL.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2 3 text complexity band
independently and proficiently.
W.1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.
W.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
a. Introduce a topic and group related information together; include illustrations when useful to aiding comprehension.
d. Provide a concluding statement or section.
W.e Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
a. Establish a situation and introduce a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.
b. Use dialogue and descriptions of actions, thoughts and feelings to develop experiences and events or show the response of characters to situations.
c. Use temporal words and phrases to signal event orders.
d. Provide a sense of closure.
3.L.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard
English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
a. Explain the function of nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in general and their functions in particular sentences.
3.L.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.