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Surprises According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney! Classroom Hamster in Charge

Kids Wings
Grade Levels
2nd - 3rd
Formats Included
  • Zip
84 Pages + Song and Music Files
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Humphrey the hamster is the best class pet ever, but don't tell him. He thinks he's a student. His best friends are the kids in Mrs. Brisbane's class...kids like Raise-Your-Hand-Heidi, Wait-for-the-Bell-Garth, and Pay-Attention-Art-Pastel. Unfortunately, they can't understand Humphrey's words that sound like squeaks to them, but they seem to know what he means. Humphrey's best friend is Og, the frog who lives in the tank next door to him. Og's language sounds like BOING to Humphrey, but he's pretty sure he knows what he means.

A lot of things surprise Humphrey. Things like Spring and fire drills. He worries about his friend who cleans his room at night after he starts saying words he can't understand, so he's pretty sure that aliens have taken him and one stayed in his place. Will Humphrey eat the veggies he gives him? Absolutely not!

Most of all, Humphrey and Mrs. Brisbane worry about the students who can't follow the rules. What will they do to help them be happy and successful?

Surprises According to Humphrey is the book that kids will love! Have you ever laughed 'til you cried through a speech and, suddenly, at the end you realized that a rope of ideas had been woven into an important truth you will never forget? Well, that is how Humphrey tells his story.

Activities for this literature guide were created by master teacher Suzy Red. They are delivered in both PowerPoint and PDF format for the best projection and printing. The activities include:

Discussion Cards

Crossword Puzzle

Two-page Readers’ Theater Script

Memory Box Book Talk

Gifts and Talents in Mrs. Brisbane's Class

Character Lesson: Reading Mrs. Brisbane's Mind

Anticipation Guide

Humphrey's Squeaky Surprises in Summary Song with two voices and melody included in the unit. Preview it here: http://suzyred.com/2009humphreysongchipmunk.html

Chapter Guides including:

Vocabulary, Predict-Read-Confirm Chapter Questions, and Activities

Multiple Choice Comprehension

Spring Has Sprung Math Bulletin Board

Crossword Puzzle for Chapters 6 and 7

Writing Summary Sentences

Discussion/Writing Prompts

Comprehension Test for pages 124-128

Matching Vocabulary Tests

Plus an interactive Jeopardy-type Game in Power Point format.


PLEASE NOTE: Kids Wings materials are written by highly experienced master teachers. We hire professional proof readers who are also master educators. We do our best to be sure each of our literature guides is top quality and error free, and classroom tested, but if you think we can do better, we welcome your input. If you find an error in our materials, please email us at suzy@suzyred.com so we can make corrections. After it is revised, we will invite you to download a newly polished copy and will probably attach a surprise to our reply as a thank-you!

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Total Pages
84 Pages + Song and Music Files
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 months
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