This 10 day unit is designed so that Frindle may be read in 7 days. The first day should be used to introduce the text and dictionaries/dictionary skills. This book provides a great opportunity to study dictionaries and using reference sources correctly! The last two days are used to reinforce skills such as finding and writing similes, identifying cause and effect, summarizing, story mapping, using context clues, and more! The slides follow this pattern for each day: Bellwork to be completed at the start of each class period, daily vocab words to be copied down by students, and reflection questions to answer post-reading.
I highly recommend alternating vocabulary strategies! Some days students should copy words & definitions from the daily slide while on other days you might want to have students record only words and use context clues to write predicted definitions for the words as you read. The daily vocab slide may then be used to check and clarify definitions. In addition, I tried to include higher level reflection questions, not recall questions from the text. There are certainly MANY sources of recall/comprehension questions available online if you wish to seek those out to use in addition to these slides. I have students create a small “personal dictionary” in which they record their daily words each day.
Many reflection questions ask students to provide evidence to support their answers. To help students with this, I have included a slide at the end of the presentation with sentence stems to guide their responses.
Be sure to check out the MORE RESOURCES slide for MAnY links to the mentioned activities and additional activities & info regarding Frindle, dictionary skills, and reading strategies.