Ghost's Grave! Earthquake Terror! Small Steps! A Peg Kehret Trio

Kids Wings
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4th - 6th, Homeschool
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Three Award-Winning Stories by Peg Kehret will provide an amazing author study! The ghost story is funny and surprising, the adventure story is frightening and touching, and Peg Kehret's autobiography is profound in character and courage. Our 65-page Kids Wings literature guide enables you to intertwine cross-curriculum skills, comparisons/contrasts, problem solving, music, math, maps, writing, and character-building. This trio will turn your ho-hum readers into enthusiastic gotta-read-more readers!



If a ghost asked you to dig up his severed leg for him, would you do it? Will Josh do it?

Josh has little hope that his summer with his elderly, eccentric aunt would be anything but long and boring. Why did his parents have to leave him stranded when he could be home playing summer baseball? But they did, and he's stuck.

It doesn't take long before he realizes that life in the country is about to take a turn toward to the unbelievable (starting with the way his aunt gets rid of bats and his meeting with the friendly ghost of a long dead miner) and the dangerous (ending with a terrifying encounter with an unlikely threat)!

You'll enjoy this story that weaves familiar ghost story motifs into animal rescue, a special bond between young and old, and some surprising need for quick-thinking problem solving. You and your students will love it!

ACTIVITIES by Suzy Red for THE GHOST'S GRAVE come in both PowerPoint and PDF formats. They include:

Prereading Discussion Cards to Activate Prior Knowledge

A 2-page Readers Theater Prequel

Ghost Story Motifs

Making Connections: 3 Pages of Chapter Questions for Prediction and Confirmation

The Ghost's Song, An original Kids Wings Song recorded by Ted Newman. Melody provided as well to encourage students to write verses for each chapter

Comparing Books, A Venn Diagram

Map Study: Where in the World is Washington State?

Chapter 3 Check-up, Multiple Choice and Short Answer

Design and Draw a Tree House

Vocabulary Crossword Puzzle, Chapters 1-6

Whose Grave? A Logic Puzzle

Comprehension Check-up for chapter 10

Compassion and Justice

Ghostly Ripples

The Carbon City Area, A Math-Map Adventure

Designing an Animal Shelter Project

Writing Prompt

Answer Keys


EARTHQUAKE TERROR by Peg Kehret--The Story

Imagine that your family is picnicking at a deserted park on an island connected to the California mainland in 1989. Your little sister walks with the help of a walker since her playground accident has left her a paraplegic for the past few years. You've brought your faithful golden retriever along for the fun. Then, an accident leaves you, your sister, and your dog on the island alone, just before the earthquake hits. The bottom falls out of your life. Only your courage and perseverance can save you. But, will it be enough?

Peg Kehret's masterful storytelling makes the story the most exciting of all stories to readers of all ages. If you are one who has said that you don't like to read, we guarantee you'll change that opinion before you finish reading Earthquake Terror, her most popular book.

ACTIVITIES for EARTHQUAKE TERROR come in both PowerPoint and PDF formats. Written by Suzy Red, they include:

Earthquake Research

A Family Vacation

Discussion Cards

Anticipation Guide

Crossword Puzzle: Earth Shaking Vocabulary

Vocabulary Check

Mapping the Event

Cause and effect multiple choice

Pictures Painted by Words

Literary Devices Game

Predict/Confirm Chapter Questions

Multiple Choice Comprehension Activities

Math Connections

Logic Puzzle

Editing Activity

Order of Events

Writing Prompts

and Answer Pages


SMALL STEPS by Peg Kehret, The Story:

This riveting autobiography of courage and hope, invites you to relive the months this author spent in a hospital when she was twelve-years-old, first struggling to survive a severe case of polio, then slowly learning to walk again. When she grew up, she was able to weave her experiences into her stories.

ACTIVITIES for SMALL STEPS include the following:

Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio

Readers Theater Script for Chapter 1

Research and Report on Polio

Four Small Steps to Better Vocabulary

The Beginning, Multiple Choice Plus

Problem Solving, One Step at a Time

Short Steps: How we Summarize

Visualize a Chapter

Medical Breakthroughs

Overcoming the Odds, a Logic Puzzle

Bridging the Pain, A Crossword Puzzle

Writing Prompts



PLEASE NOTE: Kids Wings materials are written by highly experienced master teachers. We hire professional proof readers who are also master educators. We do our best to be sure each of our literature guides is top quality and error free, and classroom tested, but if you think we can do better, we welcome your input. If you find an error in our materials, please email us at so we can make corrections. After it is corrected, we will invite you to download a newly polished copy and will probably attach a surprise to our reply as a thank-you!

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Total Pages
67 pages
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Teaching Duration
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