This is a ready-to-use, 53 page packet for teachers to use with students in grades 4-7 who are reading The Fourteenth Goldfish, by Jennifer L. Holm. It includes a 25 page student workbook, an answer key, a list of research topics for further reading and deeper understanding, and a listing of common core standards (both Literature and Writing) supported in the packet.
The student workbook divides the text into five reading assignments of about 35 pages each. Along with each assignment are 3-4 pages of activities to go along with the reading. They include:
similes and idioms
understanding character traits
considering pros and cons
writing a persuasive argument
The workbook is designed for independent work; that way students can have directed work while the teacher is working on small group or individual instruction. Also, the teacher can have a parent or an aide use the workbook as a guide to be able to direct student performance and understanding or to conduct small group discussions of the book. Questions and tasks in the workbook are intended to prompt high level thinking and quality group discussions.
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THE FOURTEENTH GOLDFISH in a Nutshell:
Published in 2014 by Jennifer L. Holm (a three time Newbery winning author), this book is the entertaining and thought-provoking story of 11-year-old Ellie who really doesn't seem to like change but sure is going through a lot of it. Her longtime friend Brianna is distancing herself these days, her babysitter finds a different job, and then a weird teenager appears in her life and sets everything she knows on its head. This book is full of humor and interesting questions about life, science, relationships, and growing up.
Reading level is approximately 5th grade.
Content is best for grades 4-7.
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