Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, by Eleanor Coerr, is one of my favorite novels to teach in 4th grade. It is a short book but does not have a shortage of rich vocabulary, complex ideas, and emotional discussions. I hope you love teaching this novel as much as I do!
This Novel Study Includes:
• Mix & Mingle Quotes & Worksheet
I use this as the introduction of the book. Taking lines out of context and out of order from the novel, students have to make predictions and inferences. You can do the Mix & Mingle activity in one of two ways: have the students work in groups and read the quotes together or cut up the quotes on strips and have students share their quotes with each other.
• Vocabulary List & Activities
I use this list of vocabulary words as my warm up to start each day. I only tackle a few vocabulary words a day with my 4th graders. I use the Vocabulary Analogies, Vocabulary Sentences, and Vocabulary Acrostic Poems as ongoing practice and assessment of the words.
• Journal Prompts
Journal prompts for students to answer about chapters 1, 2, 3, 7, and after finishing the book. Prompts require personal reflection, higher level thinking skills, and student comprehension of the story.
• Project Menu
Gives students 9 options for mini-projects to complete after reading the story. The choices are all based on multiple intelligences and student strengths. My students chose 3 to complete for their final story portfolio.
• “I Am Poem” Template
“I Am Poems” are an amazing way to dig deep into a character, recall events in a story, and draw conclusions about characters. I have my students write several of these to capture different points of view and feelings of different characters.
• Novel Quiz
A quick quiz to check student’s comprehension of the text.
• Short Response
Have your students apply their writing skills in these short responses by using details from the text to support their answers.
• Related Links
A list of links to poetry stationary, additional writing prompts, origami resources, puzzles, and more