This is a ready-to-use 16 page packet designed for use with students in grades 3-5 who are reading The Lucky Baseball Bat by Matt Christopher. Included in this packet is a vocabulary bookmark, a 10 page student booklet, a short end-of-book quiz, plus an answer key for the booklet and quiz. In the student booklet, the text is divided into three reading assignments with activities that reinforce essential reading and writing skills to go with each assignment. The skills include visualization, comprehension, connecting to the text, vocabulary, explaining, cause and effect, and summarizing.
The booklet is designed to be independent work so that students may be working on this in class while the teacher is meeting with another group. In my 4th grade classroom students were responsible for completing one reading assignment with the accompanying questions each week. They would be given 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.
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 could be copied and handed out singly as separate assignments. Created by Jean Martin.
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The Lucky Baseball Bat in a nutshell:
In this story, Martin wants to become a part of the local baseball games in his new neighborhood. At first, Martin has a tough time proving that he is a good enough player to be taken seriously by his new peers. However, with the help of his new friend, Barry, he gains the confidence he needs to prove to the others and to himself that he is an asset to the team.
This Matt Christopher book is good for students with high interest in sports but with reading skills that are not yet strong. It is a short book (58 pages) that appeals to students who are not yet confident enough for longer novels.
Appropriate for students in grades 3-5. Reading level is approximately 3rd grade.
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