This is a 24 page packet intended for use with students in grades 3-6 reading Room One, by Andrew Clements. The first attached page is a vocabulary bookmark master for students to use. Also included is a 13 page student booklet (plus answer key) that divides the text into six reading assignments with questions and tasks to go with each one. A 20-point, end-of-book test is also included along with its answer key. Created by Jean Martin.
The questions and tasks in the student booklet cover and reinforce the skills that good readers need to understand and maintain. They include comprehension, visualization, point-of-view, summarizing, inferring, clarifying, questioning, and identifying the setting. The packet gives students extra practice in writing to explain their thinking and to demonstrate their understanding.
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. The booklet is designed for independent work so that students may be working on this in class while the teacher is meeting with another group. 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. Or, you might like to have readers who are more challenged by the work do partner reading and complete tasks together.
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ROOM ONE, A Mystery or Two, in a nutshell:
This book, written by Andrew Clements, won the 2006 Edgar Allan Poe Award for best juvenile mystery. It is a mystery that will appeal to many elementary students. Ted is a sixth grade student who discovers a face in the window of an empty farmhouse as he delivers newspapers one morning. That becomes the mystery that sets in motion all of the action in the book!
Appropriate for students in grades 3-6. Reading level approximately 4th grade.
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