This 24-page, ready-to-use packet is intended for use with students reading Frindle, by Andrew Clements. Included is a vocabulary bookmark master, a 15-page student booklet along with answer key, in addition to an end-of-book quiz and answer key. The student booklet is divided into four reading assignments with questions and tasks to go with each one. It is designed for independent work so that students may be working on this in class while the teacher is meeting with another group. In my 4th grade classroom students were responsible for completing one reading assignment with the accompanying questions each week. They would be given three, 40 minute periods per week to complete one assignment. They would then meet once a week with me (or an aide or a parent), along with the other students reading the same book (we called this a "book club" meeting) to discuss the book and review the assignments.
The questions and tasks in this booklet cover and reinforce the skills that good readers need to understand and maintain. They include comprehension, visualizing, summarizing, identifying character traits, and inferring. The packet gives students needed practice in writing to explain their thinking and to demonstrate their understanding. At the end is a crossword puzzle which can be use as a fun culminating activity.
Customize the use of this packet as you wish. What worked for me, may not be what works best for you. For example, instead of using this as class work, the packet could also be used as homework. Also, instead of creating a booklet, the pages can be copied and handed out singly as separate assignments. You might like to have readers who are more challenged by the work do partner reading and complete tasks together.
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Frindle in a nutshell:
This book will appeal to most elementary students. Nick is a fifth grade student who likes to push the envelope a bit...some may call him a trouble maker! He becomes enamored with words: where do they come from, who creates their meaning, etc. He challenges his classmates to call a pen a FRINDLE and from there all sorts of issues and adventures arise.
Appropriate for students in grades 3-6. Reading level approximately 4th grade.
Created by Jean Martin.
1997 Christopher Award
Rhode Island Children's Book Award 1998
Judy Lopez Memorial Honor Book (L.A.)Award 97
Great Stone Face Book Award (NH)1997-1998
Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Award (IL)1999
Massachusetts Children's Book Award 1998-1999
William Allen White Children's Book Award (KS)1998-1999
Georgia Children's Book Award, 1998-1999
1998-99 Maud Hart Lovelace Award, MN Youth Rdg. Award
Sasquatch Children's Book Award (WA) 1999
1999 South Dakota Prairie Pasque Award
Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award, (AR)1998-99
Premio Cassa di Risparmio di Cento di Letteratura per Ragazzi, 1998, Cento, Italy
1998-99 Nevada Young Readers'Award
1998-99 North Carolina Children's Choice Award
Pacific NW Lib.Assn.- Young Reader's Choice 1999 (WA,OR,MT,AK,ID,AB,BC)
1999 Texas Children's Crown Award
Young Hoosier Book Award (IN) 1998-99
1998-99 Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award, 4-6
Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award 1999-2000
Utah Children's Choice Award, 2000
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