The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street Novel Study

Grade Levels
3rd - 5th, Homeschool
Formats Included
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40 pages
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Every person in a family has a unique position. Take the time to think deeply and interact with The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser to discover how these unique positions and personalities impact everything from how stress is handled to holiday spirit. Schema activation, predictions, space to record independent thinking, journal prompts, get out of the book activities and personal reflection questions give students the opportunity to do more than read the words written in the book. It allows them to spend time with it, roll the content around in their brains, and make decisions with and without the guidance of the teacher. Traditional comprehension questions have their place and are included in each section. This said, rest assured, all resources created by Smart Simple Homeschool are designed to challenge your learner to think, learn, know, do and become. The simple part is for you the educator or parent - simply purchase and print.

Total Pages
40 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.
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.
Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.
Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters.


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