This 24 page packet was created by Jean Martin for teachers to use with students in grades 4-6 as they read NO TALKING, by Andrew Clements. Included is a 14 page student booklet that is divided into four reading assignments with questions and tasks to go with each one. Provided also is an answer key. In addition, there is a bookmark master for students to keep track of vocabulary words while reading the book and using the student booklet. Also included in the packet is an end-of-book quiz and answer key.
The questions and tasks in this booklet cover and reinforce the skills that good readers and writers need. These include comprehension, vocabulary, inferring, summarizing, connecting to the text, and determining author's purpose. The packet also gives students practice in writing to explain their thinking and to demonstrate their understanding in addition to a creative writing task. The booklet is designed for independent work so that students can work on this in class while the teacher is meeting with another group.
In my classroom students were responsible for completing one reading assignment with the accompanying questions/activities each week. I gave them three, 40 minute periods per week to complete one assignment. Additionally, they would meet once a week with me (or an aide or a parent) and with the other students reading the same book (we called this a "book club" meeting) to discuss the book and review the assignments.
Customize the use of this packet as you wish. What worked for me, may not be what works best for you. For example, instead of using this as class work, the packet could also be used as homework. Also, instead of creating a booklet, the pages can be copied and handed out singly as separate assignments.
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NO TALKING in a nutshell:
Another popular school story by best-selling author, Andrew Clements! Fifth Grader, Dave Packer, is inspired by Gandhi's vow of silence and decides to give it a try himself. His experiment ends up being a phenomenon that takes on a life of its own. Sides are drawn between boys and girls and eventually the entire school is affected by his experiment. This is a fun, easy-to-read book that gives the reader lots to think about.
Appropriate for students in grades 3-7. Reading level is approximately 4th grade.
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