I've created a mini package to go along with the book Phineas L. MacGuire gets Slimed.
The package includes:
- Novel comprehension test (cumulative)
-Vocabulary (List for wall poster/ focus wall)
-Vocabulary graphic organizers
-Cumulative Task Ideas
-Wall posters for simile, metaphor, hyperbole, personification
-Blank wall posters for figurative language as well, so students can add sticky notes with examples from the story
- Key over- arching questions (Infer, compare/ contrast)
This is a general explanation of how I framed my novel study:
I passed out a book to every student along with a yellow envelope. They kept their novel and all their notes, etc in the yellow envelope, to protect it from being damaged. They kept it in there while transporting to/ from school. I would highly suggest that. After they read a chapter, they had to write a one paragraph summary. By the end of the story, they had to make a time line for the entire store. They wrote a summary, two responses to literature (Mac and Mrs. Tuttle) and did a research paper on mold. I chose Ben because he was a main character and Tuttle because they had to find textual evidence to come up with her character traits/ support since she had a minimal role in the story. They had a figurative language chart in their packet and they had to add the quote to the chart, every time they found a piece of figurative language within the book.
For the cumulative task, I had students put on a mock election between Aretha and Ben. They were to have a press conference and explain what they would do to make the school better. This was very difficult for students because they came up with random ideas. It was difficult for them to think as though they were the character. **Suggestion** Prepare questions for a mock interview
For the research project: have them create a powerpoint on mold. This will help to embed the NETS standards.
Instead of having them write chapter summaries, have them write main points with details to support.
Embed cause/ effect throughout the reading as you read together or summarize since its a huge part of fourth grade standards.
Hope this helps!