This ready-to-use, 26 page packet is designed for teachers to use with students in grades 5-7 as they read The Boy Who Saved Baseball. Included is a 19-page student workbook, an answer key, and a bookmark master for students to keep track of vocabulary words while reading the book and using the student booklet. Most pages appear in black and white for more economical copying/printing.
The student booklet divides The Boy Who Saved Baseball into eight reading assignments with questions and tasks to go with each one. The questions and tasks in this booklet cover and reinforce balanced literacy skills. These include comprehension, vocabulary, visualization, point-of-view, summarizing, connecting to the text, identifying character traits, identifying the setting, and inferring. The booklet gives students lots of practice in writing to explain their thinking and to demonstrate their understanding.
The booklet is designed for independent work so that students can work on this in class while the teacher is meeting with another group. In my classroom students were responsible for completing one reading assignment with the accompanying questions each week. I gave them 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. Created by Jean Martin.
Also, if you are interested in having a collection of baseball novel studies, I have a 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 Boy Who Saved Baseball in a nutshell:
The community baseball field is about to be torn down by developers and Tom is set to save it. The field was home to one of the greatest baseball players ever and its fate now rests on the outcome of one last game. A compelling and intense story.
This book is a great choice for those students who love sports. Its rich characters create high interest. The author uses lively, fun vocabulary as he weaves his story. He also challenges students to think and create opinions with the various issues presented and teases the reader with his use of exaggeration.
Appropriate for students in grades 5-8. Reading level approximately 6th grade.
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