The One and Only Ivan Novel Study with PRINT & DIGITAL Options

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4th - 7th
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This was a great companion guide to the book. It was well organized and easy to use. The rigor of the questions helped my students gain a deeper understanding of the text.
Super useful and engaging. Allows me to see and check their understanding as well as working on their writing skills! 100% recommend!
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The One and Only Ivan is a magical book that is full of wonder, discovery, awe, and social justice. This novel allows students to make a connection with Ivan, a western lowland gorilla, as well as other animals in his habitat. I created this novel study, book activities, read aloud guide, and additional supports to help you teach this wonderful book.

Teaching is time consuming, so I have created this NO PREP novel guide resource to make your planning easier! This unit is truly print-and-go ready!!! There is also access to a Google Slides version of this resource, which is fully compatible with Google Classroom and other learning systems.

This unit was designed with you, the teacher, in mind. This unit will allow your students to access this novel in a deep and meaningful way. At the same time, this resource will save you time and energy. You’ll be able to spend more time connecting with this story along with your students!

In addition, the questions and activities posed to the students are not fluffy; instead, they challenge the thinking of your students and engage your class in Reading Standards.


Comprehension questions for students. For your planning purposes, the chapters have been broken down into sections. If you are following my unit plan, this novel study will take place in 30 days. Each student will have their own “Ivan’s Journal”, and the copying and set-up could not be easier! Simply follow the printing instructions included with this product.

Read-aloud questions for you! While I still encourage you to read the novel ahead of your students, I’ve also taken the work out of this novel and created read-aloud questions to guide each day’s read-aloud.

Journal entries for your students. I’ve included one entry per week! These journal prompts will allow your students to think critically about the novel and process what they are reading.

Colorful posters. I have included one poster for each of the main characters in the novel.

Enrichment Activities. Five activities are included in this novel study that guides students to a deeper understanding of the content.


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Total Pages
100 pages
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1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.


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