Here’s Hank: How to Hug an Elephant: by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver
Illustrated by Scott Garrett 128 pages
Age Range: 6-9 years GLE 3.3 590 Lexile; FP O
The Here’s Hank Series is fun reading for all readers. It is especially great for learners who experience difficulty learning to read and/or write because the main character, Hank, struggles with reading and writing. This book study focuses on learners truly thinking about and comprehending the text through chapter summarizations, recognition of new or difficult words and study of the main character’s personality.
Items for Teacher :
*Per Chapter: Chapter Summaries, Vocabulary with Page References; Vocabulary Definitions, Questions and Suggested Answers to Questions; Character Personality traits:Hank
*Related Common Core Standards
**Vocabulary options: students find unfamiliar words to define; students are given a list of words to define while reading; students are given a list of words with definitions to refer to while reading.
Definitions to vocabulary words from: http://www.wordcentral.com unless otherwise indicated.
**Print multiple copies of the Frayer Vocabulary Template for students to use while reading the text.
You will probably want 13-20 copies per student. Each template is ½ sheet. Back to back copies work well for the vocabulary sheets.
**Questions are based on Fountas and PInnell Level O Guided Reading Comprehension Questions.
**Note: Answers are given to help the teacher guide discussion - especially if the teacher has not had time to read the text. Allow students to discuss their answers, probing for evidence from the text. A few questions do not include an answer, as the answers are the reader’s interpretations from the text.
**It is up to you to assign all or some of the questions, as well as if answers to the questions should be written or oral.
Character Traits: Thinking about characters in a story, how they respond to events and the characters’ traits, motivations and feelings is an important piece to comprehending text. As a teacher, it is up to you to decide if this should be done independently by each student, or in a small group setting with a teacher to guide the work and discussion. Two character personality templates are provided: one with lines and one without lines.
*Point of View is the perspective from which a story is told to the reader. In Here’s Hank: How to Hug an Elephant, Hank is the narrator of the story. It is told from his point of view, first person. In your reading groups, discuss this with your students. Talk about how the story may have been different if it was told from someone else’s point of view.
*Two Character Personality Traits lists are provided: one includes 80 traits and the other includes 185 traits.
The character traits template could be used by learners while reading the book.
Or, it could be completed after reading the book.
Items for Learners:
-Frayer Vocabulary Templates
-Learner response sheet for each chapter includes: Space to write a Who, did What, Where, When, Why summary; Instruction to include one or two Frayer Vocabulary Templates; Questions with page reference and lines for answers
-List of possible vocabulary words and definitions for each chapter
-List of possible vocabulary words for each chapter
-Character Personality Traits Template - Lined
-Character Personality Traits Template - Unlined
-List of 80 Character Personality Traits
-List of 185 Character Personality Traits