Looking for Bobowicz by Daniel Pinkwater: A Book Study is designed for teachers of students in grades 4 and up reading this entertaining book. (HarperCollins Children’s Books, 2004; 200 pages).
In Looking for Bobowicz , Nick and his new friends in Hoboken, New Jersey, try to capture a phantom (which might be a giant chicken) while gathering information from the closed-mouth residents of Hoboken. The children come to understand that the people in their community must be kind to everyone, even phantoms and giant chickens.
This book study contains these features:
*Oral Reading and Discussion Guide which provides a summary of each chapter, discussion questions, and vocabulary words with simple definitions.
*Glossary with twenty-five vocabulary words with definitions
*Vocabulary crossword puzzle matching words with definitions
*Vocabulary review using words in sentence context
*A vocabulary test with 25 questions matching words and definitions and 25 questions using the vocabulary words in sentence context.
* Literary Devices that Create Humor has six examples and ten selections from the text for students to use to examine the literary devices used in the book.
*Questions for Independent Readers is a list of the questions used in the Oral Reading and Discussion formatted for student use. This can be used as a comprehension review. It could also be used by students who have been absent from class.
*Find the Details is a comprehension activity with fifty questions. This works well as a small group activity. Students working in groups of three or four can finish this in a timely manner. Of course, this should be done with books in hand.
*Point of View: Who is Telling the Story? compares 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person pronouns.
*Identifying the Characters is a list of twenty characters from the book with brief descriptions for each character. Students match the descriptions with the names.
*The Hoboken Bat Hat Festival Word Search is a fun activity in which the students closely examine a passage from Chapter Nine.
*Sequencing lists four sets of five events each for the students to number in sequence.
*Comprehension test with 20 multiple choice questions, three response questions, and two sequencing questions.
*Answer Keys for all items.
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