The One and Only Ivan Unit Plan

Grade Levels
3rd - 6th
Resource Type
Formats Included
  • Zip
116 pages + 2 PowerPoints
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Overview of the Unit

The unit plan for The One and Only Ivan, winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal, is designed to engage students. Students are provided opportunities to analyze settings, identify, describe and analyze characters and their relationships, determine emerging themes, and use text references and quotes to infer meaning. The unit employs multiple delivery modalities, facilitates students’ cognitive thinking skills, and uses a constructivist approach to teaching and learning. Lesson plans are student-centered and are ready to implement.

Time Frame

This unit is planned as a 3½ week unit, however, it is easily adaptable to 4 to 6 weeks.

Grade Level Appropriateness

Grades 3-6 grade

Unit Includes:

• Instructional Schedule for Unit Plan

• 12 Lesson Plans with instructional guide and reproducible student handouts

• Introducing the Novel Lesson

• Setting Analysis Lesson

• Character Analysis Lesson

• Ivan-isms Lesson

• Habitats, Groups, and Offspring Lesson

• Pair Read Aloud & Prediction Lesson

• Friendship Lesson

• Ivan’s Letters Lesson

• Novel Quotes Lesson

• Ivan’s Many Families Lesson

• Pair Read Aloud and Face-to-Face Slide-By Lesson

• Ivan’s Billboard Lesson

• Summative Assessment w/Rubric

• 1 (19 page) Reproducible Student Literary Log

• 16 Reproducible Student Bookmarks

• Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts that Connect to the Unit

• Best Practice Research that Relates to the Unit

• Unit PowerPoint to Guide Daily Lessons w/Teacher Guide

• Formative Assessment PowerPoint (includes 3 quizzes) w/Teacher Guide and Answer Key

Zip File Includes:

(You will need Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 and PDF viewer.)

1 - PDF (116 page) Unit Plan

• 1 – Unit Plan PowerPoint (101 slides) to Guide Daily Lessons

• 1 – PDF Teacher Guide to Unit Plan PowerPoint

• 1 – PowerPoint (48 slides) for Formative Assessment Game (includes 3 quizzes)

• 1 – PDF Teacher Guide and Answer Key to Formative Assessment Game

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Total Pages
116 pages + 2 PowerPoints
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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