The Nantucket Sea Monster: A Fake News Story

The Nantucket Sea Monster: A Fake News Story
The Nantucket Sea Monster: A Fake News Story
The Nantucket Sea Monster: A Fake News Story
The Nantucket Sea Monster: A Fake News Story
The Nantucket Sea Monster: A Fake News Story
The Nantucket Sea Monster: A Fake News Story
The Nantucket Sea Monster: A Fake News Story
The Nantucket Sea Monster: A Fake News Story
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About This Book

Do you believe everything you read in the newspaper? Early in August 1937, a news flash came: a sea monster had been spotted lurking off the shore of Nantucket Island. Historically, the Massachusetts island had served as port for whaling ships. Eyewitnesses swore this wasn't a whale, but some new, fearsome creature. As eyewitness account piled up, newspaper stories of the sea monster spread quickly. Across the nation, people shivered in fear. Then, footprints were found on a Nantucket beach. Photographs were sent to prominent biologists for their opinion. Discussion swirled about raising a hunting party. On August 18, news spread across the island: the sea monster had been captured. Islanders ran to the beach and couldn't believe their eyes. This nonfiction picture book is a perfect tool to discuss non-political fake news stories.

Author: Darcy Pattison
Illustrator: Peter Willis
Age Range: 6 - 9 years
Grade Level: Kindergarten - 6
Lexile Measure: 760
Publisher: Mims House (May 28, 2017)
ISBN-10: 1629440833
ISBN-13: 978-1629440835

Summary: A look at a famous, but little-known publicity stunt in history.

LCSH--Hoaxes, Freedom of the press--United States, Imposters and imposture, Deception, Hoaxes--History, Nantucket Island (Mass.)--History--20th century, Sea monsters, Hoaxes in mass media, Journalism--Social aspects, Literacy Centers, Book Unit, Picture Book Unit, Novel Study, Picture Book Studies, Literature Study, Literature, Unit and Activities, Reading Circles, Book Activities, Picture Book Activities
Junior Literary Guild Selection
CBC Books

This product contains the following activities:

Internet sites of interest for teachers
Internet sites of interest for kids
Story Stops--questions to stop and answer while reading the book
Computer vocabulary practice with Quizlet
Crown for vocabulary game
Vocabulary Map
Vocabulary and definition cards – there are five words on each page. There is the word and the definition next to it. These could be laminated and cut apart to study or play a matching game. Or you could cut through half of the page horizontally under either the word or the definition and fold down the center on the line. This would make a foldable pamphlet and you could have kids draw a picture, write a sentence, synonym, antonym, or other vocabulary activity.
Word sorts by number of syllables, parts of speech, alphabetical order, and number of letters-all with answer keys
Linking Vocabulary Words
Word shapes with answer key
Scrambled words with answer key
Words with missing vowels with answer key
Choose correct spelling of a word from four choices with correct spelling with answer key
Wordsearch with answer key
Student made bingo
Crossword puzzle
Seven vocabulary words
Draw Your Vocabulary
Making sentences
Thinking about the book--Questions with suggested activities
Title page activity with answer key.
Marking the text with answer key
Cloze exercise with answer key
Proofreading punctuation with answer key
Proofreading capitalization with answer key
Cause and effect with answer key
Picture scavenger hunt
Sequencing seven events with sequencing page and answer key
Meet the Author with answer key
Scrambled sentences with worksheet for rewriting and answer key
Back matter timeline with answer key
Book interview with a friend
Three most important events
Draw a comic strip to summarize the book
Back matter in a book--2 pages of matching with answer key with answer key
About The Nantucket Sea Monster with answer key
Describe an event
Send a postcard
Write a diamante poem about the sea monster
Sticky Notes for Understanding and Discussion
A-B-C Word Find

Total Pages
84 pages
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