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Novel Unit for "The Tarantula in My Purse" by Jean Craighead George

Erica Peto
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3rd - 6th
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The Tarantula in My Purse is a memoir of author Jean Craighead George's life with her children in the 1970s and 1980s as 173 animals came in and out of their home and their lives. Crows are the subject of several chapters. Some of the other pets include bullfrogs, weasels, raccoons, owls, and crayfish. Jean Craighead George is best known for writing Julie of the Wolves and her books have a theme of nature and animals.

This unit is 14 pages long. The first two pages are discussion questions and activity ideas to go along with the book. The next ten pages are five sets of 5-6 questions for the first half of the book. (The first two pages of this unit also give an overview of ideas for the second half of the book.) The last two pages are the answer keys for the questions.

The questions cover many reading skills such as summarizing, sequencing, cause/effect, vocabulary, prediction, and more. They are written using stems from our state (Washington state) testing guidelines. Most cover Common Core language arts skills as well.

Using this unit, anyone can teach this book. It can be given to a guest/substitute teacher, a paraprofessional, or any other teacher along with the book and it is easy to follow. It is best used with third through sixth grade students.

This is a book that hooks kids in because of the animals. Using the tie-ins in this unit, students become even more engaged. It's a fun unit to teach and I've learned a lot about various animals through the process of planning for it and teaching it several times. I am now especially interested in crows and have a new respect for their intelligence and memory. Enjoy teaching "The Tarantula in My Purse"!
Total Pages
14 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
1 month
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