Perfect for use during baseball season, this is a ready-to-use, 42-page packet designed to use with a literature circle or book club group composed of students in grades 4-7 who are reading SAFE AT HOME by NYT bestselling author, Mike Lupica. Included is an 19 page student workbook, an answer key, an optional bookmark master for keeping track of vocabulary words, a listing of common core standards supported, and a listing of further research ideas.
The student workbook divides the text into four reading assignments (consisting of about 40 pgs each) with 3-4 pages of questions and varied activities to accompany each assignment. The questions and tasks in this booklet reinforce the skills that good readers and writers need to understand and maintain. They also support CCSS. Skills practiced include:
connecting to the text
writing crafts: simile, hyperbole, idiom, foreshadow
identifying character traits
writing to explain thinking
The student booklet is designed for independent work so they can work on this in class while the teacher is meeting with another group. In my classroom students were responsible for completing one reading assignment with the accompanying questions/activities each week. 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. The student booklet can also be used as a project to be completed at home or it could be used with a whole class rather than a smaller group.
Safe at Home in a nutshell:
This book provides baseball action and adventure from start to finish. It is the story of 12 yr old Nick who has gone from foster care to finally being adopted and is experiencing all the insecurities and uncertainties that accompany that. As a seventh grader, Nick is hoping to being the star catcher of his junior varsity baseball team. However, when the varsity team catcher is injured, Nick is enlisted to join the varsity team which turns out to be very intimidating. Thanks to his parents and circle of friends, especially Gracie, he survives the experience and learns a lot about himself in the process.
Appropriate for students in grades 4-7. Reading level approximately 6th grade. A Comeback Kids Novel.
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