Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH is an older novel that students rarely find on their own, so it is a great book to teach. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH provides interesting discussion topics for students about society and what makes a person (animal) civilized.
The unit includes a variety of reading skills activities from which to choose but my favorite activity asks students to design a map of the setting using details from the story.
The students also complete a creative writing activity where they rewrite the epilogue of the story. The students must use events in the story to create a logical new ending.
Common Core (4th grade)
Vocabulary Words for each chapter
Reading Comprehension Questions for each chapter
Story Plot Map
Cause and Effect Chart
Draw a Map using textual evidence
Irony activity page
Identifying Key Problems
Creative Writing, Epilogue (rubric included)
Reading Comprehension Test
Book v Movie Worksheet (extension activity)
**Teacher notes, answer keys, and student samples included**
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