Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! If you teach using The Wizard of Oz as an extended text, then this unit is for you! The following are included in this unit:
1. Book of Settings: This 9 page book (including cover) provides the opportunity for students to illustrate and write about the many settings in the story. My students usually illustrate and write about Kansas, Munchkin Land, the cornfield, the woods/cottage, the deep dark forest, the poppy field, Emerald City, and the Wicked Witches’ castle.
2. Cast of Characters Book: This book provides a place for students to describe the main characters of the book. A bubble map is provided for each of the following characters: Dorothy, Glinda the Good Witch, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, The Cowardly Lion, and the Wicked Witch of the West.
3. Lions, Tigers, and Bears, Oh my! : This printable allows students the opportunity to identify and write about the problems each main character faced in the story. For example they can write about Dorothy needing to find a way back to Kansas or the Tin Man needing a heart.
4. Character Sequence and Introduction of Transition or Temporal Words: Here, students are introduced to transition words which are so key in writing. A sample anchor chart has been provided. After these have been introduce to the students, they have the opportunity to sequence the order in which characters are introduced in the story. There is a place for them to cut and glue in order, as well as write a sentence for each like “Next, Dorothy met the Scarecrow in the cornfield.”
5. Favorite Character Graphing (and opinion writing): In this activity, the students have the opportunity to create a whole class picture graph of their favorite character from the book. Then in the printable book, the students change the data into a bar graph and tally table. Questions about the data are included. In addition, there is an opinion writing piece where students can write to tell why the character they chose is their favorite.
All printables are in black and white with the exception of the pictures and labels for the whole class picture graph. My students have really enjoyed The Wizard of Oz and the unit activities. I know your will too!
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