Perfect for use during baseball season, this is a ready-to-use, 39 page packet. It is designed for use with a literature circle or book club composed of students in grades 5-8 who are reading bestselling author Mike Lupica’s popular book, THE BIG FIELD. Included are a bookmark master to help students keep track of vocabulary words, a 23 page student workbook (which includes a Baseball Jargon Glossary plus a list of Research Topics), and an Answer Key.
The student workbook divides the text into five reading assignments of about 45 pages each with questions and activities to go with each one. The questions and tasks in this booklet reinforce the skills that good readers and writers need to understand and maintain. These include comprehension, visualizing, point-of-view, connecting to the text, a character study, instruction on some writing crafts (similes, metaphors, stand-along sentences), and using context to understand expressive language. The packet provides students needed practice in writing to explain their thinking and to demonstrate their understanding.
The student workbook is designed for independent work allowing students to work in class while the teacher meets with another group. Students can be responsible for completing one reading assignment with the accompanying questions/activities each week. They then meet once a week with the teacher (or an aide or a parent) and the other students reading the same book to discuss the book and review the assignments. The workbook can also be homework or it can be used with a whole class rather than a smaller group.
Also, if you are interested in having a collection of baseball novel studies, I have another product called Baseball Bundled
. This consists of seven separate baseball novel studies that I have created to use with students in grades 4-8 who are reading baseball themed novels. Included are novel studies for:
1) Heat, by Mike Lupica
2) Babe and Me, by Dan Gutman
3) Keeping Score, by Linda Sue Park
4) Shoeless Joe and Me, by Dan Gutman
5) The Big Field, by Mike Lupica
6) The Boy Who Saved Baseball, by John H. Ritter
7) The Lucky Baseball Bat, by Matt Christopher.
The Big Field in a nutshell:
Written by one of today’s most prominent sports writers (as well as TV personality with his own show and anchor for ESPN), this book is a great choice for baseball fans! The story takes place in southern Florida where fourteen-year-old Hutch is getting noticed by the local news crews as an outstanding player on his American Legion team, The Boynton Beach Post 226 Cardinals. And, he’s not only skilled, he is a true team player…even after getting shoved out of his favorite position: shortstop. This book is also a story about family and friendship. It provides lots of baseball jargon, suspense, and hope and should offer great appeal to any baseball fan.
Appropriate for students in grades 5-8. Reading level approximately 6th grade.
Created by Jean Martin
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