The Penderwicks # 1 and The Penderwicks # 2 on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall

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Two novels that will bring fun and family into your classroom!

#1 The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall

Have you ever been on a vacation that you and your family still talk about? Well, the Penderwicks did! It isn't exactly what they had planned. In fact, the vacation to a cottage at Arundel is a last-minute substitute for their regular vacation house on Cape Cod, and it turns out to be a vacation they ...and the owners of Arundel...will never forget!

The four Penderwick girls who range in age from four to twelve have very different personalities. Perhaps it is their strong personalities that cause many of their problems, but it may also be the strength of their differences that help them to survive the series of catastrophes. It is there that Jeffrey is introduced to fun.

Jeffrey, a lonely, but talented 11-year old pianist lives in the Arundel mansion with his disapproving mother. For three weeks, he enjoys a fleeting new world of adventure sandwiched between the mischievous girls and his snobby mother.

Get ready for some laugh-out-loud fun as the Penderwicks and Hound tromp through the Arundel gardens and, in the process, rescue a friend!

The Activities in The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy, created by master teacher, Suzy Red, come to you in both PowerPoint and PDF for ease in projection and printing. The activities include:

Anticipation Guide,

A Readers Theater script introduction,

Predict/Confirm Chapter Questions,

Mapping the Story,

Describing the Character of the Character,

A Map of Arundel,

The Ballad of the Penderwicks to the tune of "Home on the Range"

Plan Your Virtual Vacation Trip,

Crossword Puzzle,

Multiple Choice Comprehension,

Sabrina Star's Rescue Story and Multiple Choice Comprehension,

Five in a Row Vocabulary,

Cagney's Garden Math,

Writing Prompts,

and Answer Keys


# 2 The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall

"The referee told me this soccer league has never had a brawl of that magnitude," said Mr. Penderwick after a long, painful silence. "Of course, at the time I was pretending to be a casual passerby and not a father at all." Quote from Mr. Penderwick after a wild soccer game.

Things are busy once again for the Penderwicks. This time, they are back home on Gardam Street!

Almost a week after Batty was born, Mom said goodbye to her four beautiful girls and her loving husband. She left one last wish that was sealed in a blue envelope and given to Aunt Claire for safe keeping. What do you think her last wish was?

Four years later, they found out. Aunt Claire gave the blue envelope to her brother to open. Mom's wish was read: she wanted her husband to find love once again. She asked that he start to date.

How do you think the girls felt about the prospect of a stepmother? How do you think their father, a busy professor, felt about having to start with a blind date? The story is hysterical with dating taking front and center stage.

But each daughter in the family has problems of her own. Their problems spill over to the Geiger boys across the street as well as to their next door neighbor and even to school. Probably the scariest problem is Batty's Bug Man!

Teacher: Each chapter is filled with interwoven fun and family relationships. A sprinkling of literary classics, stellar vocabulary, and Daddy's Latin and Greek vocabulary will keep you on your toes, too. For your students with less than perfect families, The Penderwicks will give them a model to emulate when they grow up! (We think EVERY daddy should read this book, too!) The Penderwicks are welcome in any home and in any classroom!

Activities for The Penderwicks on Gardam Street were created by master teacher Suzy Red and come to you in both PowerPoint and PDF format for excellence in projection and printing. The activities include:

Discussion Cards

Two-Page Readers’ Theater Introduction

Memory Box for Book Talks

Anticipation Guide

Where in the World? Mapping Activity

Preparing Your Intellectual Tools: The Dialectical Journal

Making Connections: Predict/Read/Confirm Chapter Questions

Visualizing Chapter 2

Penderwicks Acrostic

Building Problems Crossword Puzzle for Chapters 3-7

Multiple Choice Comprehension Activities

Visualizing Chapter 10

Character Study for Each Character

Character Poems

Vocabulary by Chapters

Vocabulary Game: Five in a Row

Blank Five in a Row Game

Writing the Penderwicks Song-- Preview that plays in Flash if available:

Summing it Up Puzzle

Character Story Map for Each Interwoven Story

Identifying and Sharing Our Gifts


Discussion/Writing Prompts

Answer Keys


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