The One and Only Ivan Novel Unit with distance learning option

Grade Levels
3rd - 5th, Homeschool
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87 pages
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This One and Only Ivan novel unit has unique activity options that students love! There are many activity pages from which to choose while reading The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate depending on the reading level of your class, and this resource has several options for non-fiction extension activities too.

Resource Includes:

CCSS 4th grade

Sample Pacing Chart to Organize and Plan Daily Activities


Reading Comprehension Questions

Character Chart

2 Figures of Speech Activities (similes, alliteration, and metaphor)

Compare Artistic Style (Ivan, Julia, and Picasso)

Adjectives Practice

Design a Billboard Activity (available in printable version only)

Compare/Contrast Silverback Gorilla and Ivan

List Ivan's Human and Gorilla Traits

Domain v. Cage Venn Diagram

Puzzle Drawing Activity Like Ivan's Drawing (2 options)

Inference Complete the Phone Conversation Activity

Story Plot Map

Identify the Theme

Compare/Contrast the Real Ivan to the Book Ivan

**Teacher notes, answer keys, and student samples provided for all handouts except the vocabulary lists**

**Page count includes digital notebook pages.

This is a zipped file with two secure PDF files for The One and Only Ivan. The resource is a low prep novel study and includes a student PDF with all student activity pages that teachers can print as a novel unit packet for reading groups. The second PDF has all student pages with teacher notes, answer keys, student samples, and the link to a Google Drive file if you need to share student pages digitally.

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Literature Unit, Novel Study, Animal Books, Newbery, Reading Groups, Book Study

Total Pages
87 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.
Explain how specific aspects of a text’s illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting).
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.


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