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The Cricket in Times Square Novel Unit

Grade Levels
3rd - 5th, Homeschool
Formats Included
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64 pages
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PLEASE READ: This is a zipped file with two secure PDF files for The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden. The resource is a low prep novel unit and includes a student PDF packet with all student activity pages that teachers can print for reading groups or print individual pages as needed. The second PDF has student pages with teacher notes, answer keys, and student samples.

There are many activities from which to choose in this Cricket in Times Square novel study resource depending on the needs of your class. 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 and write your own using the author’s style as model, encourage class discussions about friendship, and more.

Resource Includes:

CCSS (4th grade)

Pacing chart

Vocabulary list for each chapter

Reading comprehension questions (3-5 questions per chapter)

Character chart

Draw a diagram of the newspaper stand

Describe familiar sounds

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

Mood words

Story timeline

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.

**Page count includes student pages and teacher pages**

To view more of my literature units for upper elementary students CLICK HERE.

literature unit, reading groups, literature circles, read aloud, guided reading, Newbery

Total Pages
64 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 5 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.


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