Turtle In Paradise Novel Study

The Extra School Mom
Grade Levels
4th - 6th
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  • Webquests
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This is a novel study for the book Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L Holm.  It contains 23 pages of activities for grades 4-6 to help your students delve deep into the book and learn more about character, plot and historical significance within a novel. This resource puts the story at the forefront, while learning critical literacy skills meant to encourage discussion and inquiry.  Even better, this resource includes cross curricular activities for history, science and math!

I understand the importance of creating engaging, classroom materials.  My hope is that after completing this novel study, students continue to love the story and in turn foster a love and curiosity for reading.


*Characterization (direct and indirect): A handout and activity which explores the character traits of each of the main characters.

*Simile: A look at simile usage in the story and its literal meaning as well as the author’s purpose.

*History Connection: A brief background on the Great Depression, which explores famous era photographs, a creative writing connection and short research activity.

*Short Answer Questions: One question per chapter which also includes two creative writing activities (letter writing and add a chapter to the story).

*Math Connection: Students to plan a trip to Key West..

*Science Connection: A Key West Webquest that explores the fishing and ocean industry of the 1930’s

*Reading Log: Students log their reading and create a short 1-2 sentence summary, define one new word, make a text connection and a prediction for the next chapter. A connecting with text handout is also included.  

Looking for a creative and quick unit for studying Turtle in Paradise?  Check out my Turtle in Paradise Lapbook!

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