Misty Gordon and the Mystery of the Ghost Pirates by Kim Kennedy

Kids Wings
Grade Levels
4th - 7th
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95 pages
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by Kim Kennedy

What is your favorite kind of story? A ghost story? A funny story about modern kids? A cool mystery? A story about pirates? A story with some crazy characters? A school made from a 400-year-old castle?

What if it were a story that combined ALL of your favorites? It would be named Misty Gordon and the Mystery of the Ghost Pirates!

Misty Gordon is the daughter of a rather weird father who drives an old converted ice cream truck with the word "DEAD" painted on the side. "DEAD" is the acronym for "Deceased Estate and Antiques Dealer." (He still hasn't figured out how to disconnect the speaker, so it still plays the ice cream truck music.) When someone dies, Mr. Gordon purchases the dead person's things.

Misty sometimes go along with her dad and little brother just to see what kind of treasures are in the old houses, but on one trip ... the one to Fannie Belcher's house ... Misty gets more than she bargained for! Would you believe, Fannie Belcher's diary? (If she can just CATCH it every time it flies out of Fannie's desk!) And then, there's her old timey telephone ... that sometimes actually RINGS even though it's not connected! Her father brings Fanny's old tattered, molting mink coat for her mother, but there's life in it, yet. Sort of.

Probably the creepiest item from Fannie Belcher's house are her squinty-eyed glasses. You won't believe what happens when Misty puts them on!

When strange things begin to happen, Misty and her friend Yoshi investigate and are shocked to find evidence of pirates, ghosts, and an evil plot to kill and destroy!

This story will become a favorite of avid readers and reluctant readers as well! Its challenging vocabulary, descriptions, and figures of speech will make teachers' mouths water, and the hysterical character and store names will keep everyone rolling on the floor.

The Kids' Wings literature guide invites group discussion, problem solving, research, writing, skill building, and authentic writing prompts and a culminating interactive Jeopardy-type game. Teachers who want students to use fun, exciting, well-written literature in a story about ghosts, pirates, family, and mystery to entice kids to love for reading and develop skills as a bonus will want make this book and the Kids Wings activity guide part of their classroom libraries.

The Activities for this rollicking ghost story were written by master teacher Suzy Red and come to you in both PowerPoint and PDF formats for the best in projecting and printing. The Activities include:

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Pre-reading Discussion Cards

Anticipation Guide

Two-Page Readers’ Theater Introduction

Where in the USA are the New England States and England?

Preparing Your Intellectual Tools with Journals

The Mystery and Objects of Importance

Become a Character, Literature Circle Roles

A Character Study Template

All Chapters, Vocabulary Lists and Prediction Questions

Vocabulary Game, Chapter 1

Chapter 1, Character and Setting Multiple Choice Check Up

Visualizing Chapter 2

My Illustration of Ashcrumb Elementary School

Creating the Puzzle Pieces, Chapter 1-3

Chapters 4 and 5 Multiple Choice Check-up

Visualizing Chapter 5

Halloween: Visualizing Chapter 6

Summarizing Chapters 8-9

The Scrolls, Chapter 10 Multiple Choice Check-up

Logic Puzle: The Beginning of the End

Chapters 12-13, Short Answer and Multiple Choice Check-up

The Robin Hood Pirate Puzzle

Recalling, Analyzing, and Writing About the Events

What's Real? What's Fantasy? Research Page

Writing with RAFTS

Complete Vocabulary Lists with Activity Suggestions by Chapters

Five-in-a-Row board game

Answer Pages

Plus, a BONUS Interactive Jeopardy-type Game in PowerPoint format.


PLEASE NOTE: Kids Wings materials are written by highly experienced master teachers. We hire professional proof readers who are also master educators. We do our best to be sure each of our literature guides is top quality and error free, and classroom tested, but if you think we can do better, we welcome your input. If you find an error in our materials, please email us at suzy@suzyred.com so we can make corrections. After it is revised, we will invite you to download a newly polished copy and will probably attach a surprise to our reply as a thank-you!

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Total Pages
95 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 months
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