One of Kids Wings very best-ever Literature Guides!
Twelve-year-old Gil Goodson is determined to enter this year's Gollywhopper Games held by the Golly Toy & Game Company in his hometown of Orchard Heights. Many obstacles threaten to destroy his chances, but they will never destroy his spirit. A lot depends upon Gil's winning...mainly getting to move out of the town where everyone seems to have turned on his family since "The Incident." He's practiced for months on problem solving and he knows every fact about the history of this fantazmorical company.
In his team, he encounters incredible pressures as he meets puzzle after puzzle, leads his sometimes difficult teammates, and looks failure in the eye. His father's strong encouragement and support and Gil's own perseverance serve him well through the two days of the games.
Kids' Wings is excited about this book! So often, as schools get deep into the testing mode, we lose sight of what is real in education. Part of that is the pure joy of the challenge. Another is problem solving that will take us into the future with the tools we need to face a world we cannot anticipate. In addition, it is rare to find a novel that entices students to participate in the fun and problem solving to the extent that author Jody Feldman does in The Gollywhopper Games. As the characters tackle each puzzle, the reader is fortuntate to be invited into their team to witness logic, reasoning, teamwork, and strong positive...and negative...character traits at work in the problem solving process. Your students will be avid puzzlers after they read this book and work through the Kids' Wings unit. Standardized testing for avid puzzlers becomes just another fun puzzle to crack! Look for the clues! Weigh the alternatives! Bingo! THEY WIN!
If you like The Gollywhopper Games, you will love Walls Within Walls that offers new unique puzzles that also test a team's problem solving strategies.
The Kids Wings Literature Guide for The Gollywhopper Games contains 37 amazing pages of activities and team puzzles by Suzy Red. The activities in PowerPoint and PDF include:
Two-Page Readers’ Theater Introduction
Gifts and Talents in the Team
Making Connections, Chapter Questions
The Mini-Musical: Gollywhopper Games! (Move over Music Man!)
Fun with Visualizing Answers through Drawing Activities
Multiple Choice Comprehension Activities
Teamwork Visualization and Note Taking
Get in the Games! 4 Shadow Puzzles and Stunts (Students have an opportunity to solve original puzzles!)
Crossword Puzzle for Characters and Character Traits
The Menu Logic Puzzle
The Final Lap (3 more new shadow puzzles)
Find the Purpose
Music Files are included!
An Interactive, "Jeopardy-Type" Game in PowerPoint
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