Created by Jean Martin. This is a 25 page, ready-to-use packet for teachers with students who are reading Beverly Cleary's book, Ralph S. Mouse. Included is a 17 page student booklet designed to reinforce essential reading and writing skills for students in grades 3-5. Skills addressed include cause and effect, connecting to the text, understanding vocabulary, general comprehension, explaining, summarizing, point-of-view, creative writing, and determining author's purpose. Also included is an answer key, a vocabulary bookmark, and a biography of Beverly Cleary.
Just copy and give three staples on the left side to create student booklets. The booklet is divided into five reading assignments with questions and tasks to go with each one. It is designed for independent work so that students may be working on this in class while the teacher is meeting with another group. In my 4th grade classroom students were responsible for completing one reading assignment with the accompanying questions each week. They would be given three, 40 minute periods per week to complete one assignment. They would then meet once a week with me (or an aide or a parent), along 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.
Ralph S. Mouse in a nutshell:
Loved by children for over a generation, this is another entertaining story about Ralph, a hotel mouse, who can talk and who loves to ride a toy motorcycle given to him by Keith in the book, The Mouse and the Motorcycle
(click to see my novel study for that book). In this story, Ralph goes to school with his friend, Ryan, and receives a surprising education. He also obtains new wheels in this fun book. The book includes some challenging vocabulary, but is a fun and easy read for most students.
Appropriate for students in grades 3-5. Reading level approximately 4th grade.
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