This book would be a great adjunct to a civics unit or a study of communities. I have also found it a great resource when reading groups discuss characterization or when I teach students how to plan and write a paragraph.
This unit is eight pages long including an answer key. Prior to reading, students are asked to learn about the lupine flowers favored by the main character. Two worksheets follow requiring the students to recall details and sequence the story’s main events.
Next students are asked to decide which of several activities they think Miss Rumphius might do and defend their answer in a short paragraph. Finally, students are required to brainstorm what they might do to make the world a more beautiful place, choose one idea, use a story web to organize their thoughts and then write a declarative piece in which they explain what they would do and how.