This unit is meant to be used with the book Who Was Helen Keller? by Gare Thompson. It is part of a series of books published by Grosset and Dunlap a division of Penguin Group Inc. The students love these books as they are simple but filled with tons of information and fascinating facts about different people in past history and current. We will be writing more activity guides for other books in this series so please follow us to be updated on when these units become available.
We purchase enough copies so students are paired with literacy partners and can read the chapters and work on the activity pages together.
This activity also works well with a guided reading group or an individual student book project.
Besides a page with comprehension questions for each chapter (and answer sheets), this unit includes additional optional pages: main idea/details, timeline, newspaper writing activity, a vocabulary definitions (one page with page numbers listed where the words are found and one page without the page numbers- use for differentiation, writing a story, and idea for fun sign language and braille activity. There is also a student cover/name page.
You can decide to use the main idea/detail paper for several chapters as you please since this sheet is an open ended one. If you want students to summarize the chapter or even one of the “special informational pages” in the book, they can fill out the main idea/detail page and then use another sheet to write the paragraph.
Please let us know if there is a particular book you would like to see done with activities.
Check out our other no prep activities:
Yearlong Weekly Speaking Tasks Grades 2-5
Who Was Harriet Tubman?
What Was Pearl Harbor?
Who Was Walt Disney?
Who Was Babe Ruth?
What Was the First Thanksgiving?