Skinny Bones

Grade Levels
3rd, 4th, 5th
Resource Types
Product Rating
File Type
PDF (Acrobat) Document File
Be sure that you have an application to open this file type before downloading and/or purchasing.
1.01 MB   |   20 pages


Skinny Bones by Barbara Park: Reading Comprehension Strategy Based Novel Study

SUBJECT: English, Language Arts, Novel Study
LEVEL: Elementary Grades

Are looking for a novel study on Skinny Bones by Barbara Park, that focuses on reading comprehension strategies while encouraging higher level thinking skills?

This big package of resources contains everything you need to teach a complete novel study on Skinny Bones. Very little teacher prep is needed – simply print and teach!

Resources included in this package can be easily aligned to the common core.

Banish tedious comprehension questions! These pages ask students to THINK about their answers, instead of simply looking up the answers in their book.

Students learn about different Reading and Comprehension strategies, and then apply these strategies to their reading.


One of the great things about this package is that it can be done as a class or independently. I like to have my students work on the package independently, so I can differentiate my instruction and work with small groups of students struggling with specific reading strategies.

This creative and engaging package includes the following:

Reading and Comprehension Strategy Notes: A page of notes on the different types of Reading and Comprehension strategies is included. This package includes a complete teacher version and a fill in the blank student version.

Question Stems: A full page of information on the three different levels of questions is included. Level one questions ask students to think and search. These type of questions can be answered by looking directly at the text. Level two questions ask students to go beyond answers they find in the text, and asks them to think about what the author wants them to believe. Level three questions ask students to examine their own thinking. Answers for these types of questions cannot be found in the text, and relate to directly to the students own thinking. Different question stem examples are provided for each level of questioning. Students refer back to this page of information throughout the unit, as they are asked to create and answer their own questions using each of the different question levels.

Reading and Comprehension Strategy Based Novel Study Package: A collection of handouts relating to each chapter of the novel. These handouts include a variety of Reading Strategy and Comprehension Strategy based questions, and require students to really THINK about the reading. Students are asked to make predictions, inferences, and connections (text to self, text to world, and text to text). Students are asked to visualize, through words and illustrations. Students are asked to analyze quotes from the novel, and evaluate the novel as a whole. Activities relating to summarizing, synthesizing, and questioning are also included.

Check out some great similar products here!

Interactive Reading Notebooks: Reading Comprehension Strategies.

Interactive Reading Notebooks: Author’s Purpose!.

Customer Tips:

How to get TPT credit to use on future purchases:
• Please go to your My Purchases page (you may need to login). Beside each purchase you'll see a Provide Feedback button. If you click on it, you will be taken to a page where you can give a quick rating and leave a short comment for the product. Each time you give feedback, TPT gives you feedback credits that you use to lower the cost of your future purchases. Don’t you just love getting stuff for free?! I really value your feedback, as it helps me improve my products!

Be the first to know about my new discounts, freebies and product launches:
• Look for the green star next to my store logo and click it to become a follower. You will now receive email updates about this store. I promise not to spam you!


Total Pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration

Average Ratings

Overall Quality:
42 ratings
Please log in to post a question.
Digital Download
User Rating: 4.0/4.0
Digital Download
Skinny Bones
Skinny Bones
Skinny Bones
Skinny Bones
Teachers Pay Teachers

Teachers Pay Teachers is an online marketplace where teachers buy and sell original educational materials.

Learn More

Keep in Touch!

Sign up