Pie Digital Novel Study

Grade Levels
4th - 6th, Homeschool
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This 2-week Digital Pie Novel Study is a great way to engage readers without spending hours prepping for a book study. Don't bore students with never-ending chapter comprehension questions, instead focus on key comprehension skills and dive deep into the plot and core features of the text in a student-friendly Google Slides format that even reluctant learners will love. Add in the fact that Pie is written by award-winning author Sarah Weeks, and you've got the makings of an amazing book unit.

These digital Pie novel study activities are standards-aligned to build essential reading comprehension in a book club format that can be done with your whole class, in small groups, or as an individual book study.

Your students will be deeply engaged in the story with each day's purposefully matched activity. Running book clubs in your classroom has never been easier!

Your download includes:

✔Daily comprehension prompts available in student-friendly Google Slides

✔Text-based daily vocabulary

✔ Easy-to-follow directions for assigning in Google Classroom

✔ Instructional planning guide

✔Answer keys

NOTE: Your download will be a PDF. Click the button on the second page to access the Google Slides.

In this Pie Novel Unit you'll find:

1) Student comprehension practice (up to 10 instructional days)

  • Each day's work focuses on a single standards-based comprehension skill
  • Short, written responses include opportunities to apply thinking to text
  • Designed with reluctant and struggling learners in mind
  • Built-in graphic organizers to support skill acquisition
  • Approachable questions help make connections & start conversations
  • No boring multiple-choice or fill-in-the-blank questions!
  • Available in student-friendly, visually-engaging Google Slides

2) Approachable practice with key reading standards and skills including:

  • Text analysis and responding to literature
  • Identification of cause and effect relationship
  • Making inferences and drawing conclusions based on text clues
  • Analyzing problems and solutions
  • Examining character traits through plot & character interactions
  • Exploring theme and author's message
  • Generating a main idea and summary of key events
  • And so much more!

3) Text-based & academic vocabulary

  • One target word identified for each day's reading
  • Embedded in the daily slide
  • Includes opportunity to use the word in context
  • Opportunities to make connections to academic vocabulary for daily skills

4) Teacher support materials

  • Unit scope & sequence lays out the day's comprehension & vocabulary focus
  • Answer Keys for all comprehension activities
  • Tips for preparation and implementation
  • Instructions for digital Google Drive version

*Digital Access Note: This resource includes digital access via GOOGLE SLIDES. For the digital versions, you will need Internet access and a free Google account OR Google Classroom. Learners will work on computers or iPads. Upon purchasing, you will download documents containing links to the digital files, along with easy-to-follow instructions that will get you started in minutes! These are easily shared digitally between you and your students.

Prefer the print version? Find it here: Pie Novel Unit


How Novel Units from Differentiated Teaching Work...

▸ Teachers can introduce the day's vocabulary word & discuss before reading.

▸ Students complete just one section of the trifold or a single Google Slide each day.

▸ Daily work focuses on target skills needed for success in reading vs. plot recall.

▸ The low-pressure format provides novelty & encourages student engagement

▸ Less overwhelming to reluctant readers and writers

▸ Requires deep analysis and application of text-based knowledge

▸ Encourages discussion about skills & strategies

Here's why teachers love these novel units...

We used these for a whole-class novel study. Pre-printed brochures fully encompassed ELA skills for the novel. This is an extremely easy, but very rich set of activities for understanding and enriching student's ELA skills. I will be using this for our first novel study again in class this fall. I highly recommend this! -Allison M.

This has helped me so much in teaching Holes to my students this year. Other resources overwhelm students with too much vocabulary and literal comprehension questions but these slides give students one vocabulary word for each chapter and a grade-level higher-order comprehension skill to practice. - Kristin P.

This does a really good job of focusing on vocab and using context clues, practicing quoting from the text, and target skills. I really liked the way it focused on one skill for every two chapters, which made things really manageable for my students. - Beth A.

Here's what homeschool families have to say about the novel studies...

I LOVE the layout and how it guides my son and I through our reading time. As a homeschool parent I still wanted to give him that opportunity to discuss and grapple with the text and I love this quick format as a brochure. I also love the vocab focus for each section and the skill listed so I can monitor his understanding of these as we move through a variety of texts this year. - Antonia S.

My kids LOVED this book companion. The vocabulary was rich, and I liked the focus on one word a day. I also liked that they had to use context clues rather than dictionary definitions... The tasks were a great review of skills I covered throughout the year. Parent-friendly and easy to implement. - Corinne M.

I am a homeschool mom and my daughter is enjoying the book and I am loving that she is able to respond to the reading through various aspects and not just answering questions. She is more engaged in her reading and asking more questions after she completes each task. - Terri B.


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© Rebecca Davies. All rights reserved by the author. These materials are intended for personal use by a single classroom only. Copying for more than one teacher, classroom, department, school, or school system is prohibited. For use in multiple classrooms, please purchase additional licenses. This product may not be distributed or displayed digitally for public view. Failure to comply is a copyright infringement and a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Clipart and elements found in this PDF are copyrighted and cannot be extracted and used outside of this file without permission or license. See product file for clip art and font credits.

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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, in the grades 4–5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.


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