The Cricket in Times Square Novel Study Unit and Literature Guide
This Cricket in Times Square complete novel study is low prep and provides chapter by chapter choices for teaching the book with a whole group, in reading groups, or with book clubs. Stretch your students' thinking past chapter vocabulary and reading comprehension questions with high interest options!
This standards-based literature guide has so many engaging activities for your reading class. Have fun introducing your students to classical music, so they build a better character connection to Chester! Compare cricket facts to Chester’s behavior in the story. Identify figures of speech. Closely read the narrative stories the characters tell in the book. Next, students can write their own stories using the author’s style as a model. Encourage class discussions about friendship and more.
CCSS (4th grade)
Vocabulary list for each chapter
Reading comprehension questions (3-5 questions per chapter)
Draw a diagram of the newspaper stand
Describe familiar sounds listening activity
Find figurative language
Mad Lib style descriptive writing
Compare/contrast Orpheus facts
Author's writing style and Sai Fong's accent
Money math with coin calculations
Cricket facts non-fiction reading
Cause and effect
Create a song playlist for Chester
Parts of a story plot map
Write a narrative in George Selden's style
Teacher notes, answer keys, and student samples for all pages except vocabulary.
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This is a zipped file with two secure PDF files for The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden. The resource includes a student PDF with all student activity pages that teachers can print as a packet or print as individual pages. The second PDF has student pages with teacher notes, answer keys, and student samples.
**Page count includes student pages and teacher pages**
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