Newly revised in May, 2013, this is a 21 page, ready-to-use packet to go with the book, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. It is designed for independent work for students in grades 3-5. Here you will have all the student materials needed for a successful novel study. First, you will find a page with student bookmarks to be copied for use in writing vocabulary words as students come across them in their reading. Second, I have included an end-of-book comprehension test (along with a teacher key) that be used once the unit is completed. Finally, and most importantly, there is a 13 page student booklet (including answer key) designed to reinforce essential reading and writing skills. Skills include connecting to the text, vocabulary, comprehension, explaining, point-of-view, comparing/contrasting, visualizing, and summarizing.
The student booklet divides the text into FIVE reading assignments with questions and tasks to go with each one. It is designed for independent work so that students may be working on this in class while the teacher is meeting with another group. In my 4th grade classroom students were responsible for completing one reading assignment with the accompanying questions each week. They would be given three, 40 minute periods per week to complete one assignment. 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.
Customize the use of this packet as you wish. What worked for me, may not be what works best for you. For example, instead of using this as class work, the packet could also be used as homework. Also, instead of creating a booklet, the pages can be copied and handed out singly as separate assignments. You might like to have readers who are more challenged by the work do partner reading and complete tasks together.
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing in a nutshell:
Peter Hatchet is a 10 year old who lives with his family in a New York City apartment. A constant problem in his life is his 2 year old brother. This hilarious book provides both humor and insight into living together in a family and students are sure to love reading it!
Appropriate for students in grades 3-5. Reading level approximately 4th grade.
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