Inspector Flytrap is a Venus Flytrap that solves mysteries with his assistant, Nina the goat! Multiple mysteries are solved in this story and culminates with all of the characters coming together for one last hoo-rah! This novel by Tom Angleberger is very humorous and helps students make predictions to help solve the mysteries alongside the characters. It is geared for students in grades 1-4 but low readers in grade five might also enjoy the silliness of this book.
This novel study comes with I can statements that are aligned to the common core state standards and an answer key for teachers! A glossary of vocabulary words are included with both the ability to print the answer key to differentiate for students as well as the student booklet that has a place for students to copy some definitions down for themselves. I plan on having students using reference sources (i.e. dictionaries) but you could also provide them to students to copy.
Each vocabulary word has a page number and the beginning of each chapter has a vocabulary box of which words will be important to know that chapter. Questions include the following topics: story elements, figurative language examples, "right-there" comprehension questions, show your evidence questions, thinking like an author questions, and making connections prompts. Students make predictions and two encyclopedia and webpage examples are included to make connections to non-fiction and fiction texts.
Adjectives, compound words, homophones, colloquial phrases (slang) and ? are all skills that are highlighted throughout the novel study. Summarizing and finding the main ideas are also skills that are asked of students to understand and apply.
This novel study is 26 pages long with an additional 26 pages of answer keys for teachers. It was intended for use with an intervention group of fourth and fifth graders but could easily be used for