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"!