This is a complete novel unit for The Wild Robot by Peter Brown. This is a four-week unit, but the materials and activities included can be implemented in your classroom as you see fit. You can make the unit last longer, or speed it up if you prefer!
I encourage you to use the activities in this novel unit in whichever way works best for your classroom. However I’ve included a planning page that explains how I execute the unit in my own classroom.
CHAPTER ASSIGNMENT SHEETS
I’ve included chapter assignment sheets in two formats depending on how you plan to implement the novel in your classroom. One form is a list of all the chapters in order with a due date next to each chapter. The other format lists the four sections I teach in my own classroom. You can pass these out when you start the novel in your class so students know which chapters are due on which date.
I have written detailed summaries for each of the 80 chapters in the novel. These summaries are written as a quick-reference specifically for teachers. I do not share my summaries with my students when teaching this unit, but struggling students may benefit from reading them.
VOCABULARY WORD LIST
This novel is packed with fantastic vocabulary words. I’ve included a list of words divided by chapter with definitions and page numbers for reference. It is up to you if you would like to formally test your students on the vocabulary words.
For each of the 4 parts of the novel, you’ll find vocabulary bookmarks for the kids to use while they’re reading. Students love having the definitions of challenging words right there in front of them as they read. Looking words up while reading is time consuming, and it takes away from their focus on the plot of the story. These bookmarks can be printed and given to students before they start each of the 4 parts of novel.
SYNONYM SEARCH ACTIVITY
This is an optional activity that should be completed WHILE students are reading. For this activity, students act as detectives as they search for synonyms in the story for the word “went.” On a chart, students will cite these words with page numbers. Each week students will get together to discuss what exciting and descriptive words they’ve added to their charts. Answer key is included with over 65 words with page numbers.
For each of the 4 parts of the novel, you will find a quiz that assesses your students’ understanding of basic plot elements in chapters read that week. It is the perfect way to determine whether or not a student completed the assigned reading. (Critical thinking and analysis questions are kept for discussion questions.) An answer key with page numbers is included.
For each of the 4 parts, you will find discussion questions that are designed to get students to think critically about what they’ve just read. I suggest completing discussion questions AFTER students take the reading quiz for each section to get an accurate assessment of their comprehension of the assigned pages. These discussion questions can be discussed as a whole-group, or they can be copied and cut apart for small-group discussions. Blank cards have been included in case you would like to add your own questions. Each section has at least 12 discussion questions & I’ve also added a set you can use before reading the novel.
***Check out my 6 Wild Robot PROJECTS that go along with this novel unit by clicking below!
The Wild Robot Novel Projects