Sunday, July 31, 2011

Book Review and Lesson Plans and Activities for One Crazy Summer

This National Book Award Finalist is about three African American girls who travel across the United States to visit their mom in California who they haven’t seen in since they were very young. This story takes place during the 1960’s, a time when there was civil unrest in America. The girls arrive in Oakland to find their mom not thrilled with their presence. Their mom sends them off to a center where they find that it is a place where the Black Panthers gather. They basically learn to survive on their own, while their mom works on poetry in solitude in the kitchen. When their mother is arrested by the police, the girls fend for themselves and even gain some fame during a rally. This is a gripping story that will leave the reader wanting more!


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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman Social Networking Facebook Creative Activity


As many of you know, Facebook is becoming a very popular way for kids and adults to communicate with one another. So, in an effort to help connect reading to the lives of students, Wiseguys has created a Facebook activity for the novel The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman. This activity contains a blank social network template page, a template page with directions, a step-by-step instructional page, and a grading rubric.

For this activity, students are asked to complete several tasks. First, students are asked to write the name of the book at the top of the Facebook page. After that, they are asked to draw a colorful picture about a favorite character from the story. Then, students are asked to think of at least six friends that their character would like to invite on his/her social network Facebook page (two character friends from the story that they read, two story friends from another book, one famous friend such as an athlete, actor/actress, singer, and one of their own friends).

After that, students need to think of five events that their character would want to share with his/her six friends. Students will need to write the event name in the Facebook page and include at least 1 complete sentence about the event. For example, Heading to the lake¦ I am going fishing today with grandpa on Upper Long Lake. I’ll let you know how I did later.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman Game Board Activity

This is a reading game board activity based on the novel The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman.
Common Core Reading Standards 1, 5

This 16-page reading activity packet includes everything you need to conduct literature circles for The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman. This Newbery winning book is about an orphan named Jemmy. As the whipping boy, Jemmy must take the whippings for the royal heir to the king, Prince Brat. Jemmy plans to run away from the castle. Unfortunately Prince Brat beats him to it and takes Jemmy along on a journey- or does Jemmy take Prince Brat on a journey?

All you need as a teacher is some dice and little game pieces that can easily be made from a pencil eraser, paper, etc. Before the game begins, students will need to cut out the comprehension game cards that are included. It is best if the game is copied on cardstock but regular paper works fine too. Students enjoy this fun reading activity. Teachers will love how the students are not only having a great time reviewing the story!

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman Literature Circle Activity, Vocabulary, Projects


This 16-page reading activity packet includes everything you need to conduct literature circles for The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman. This Newbery winning book is about an orphan named Jemmy. As the whipping boy, Jemmy must take the whippings for the royal heir to the king, Prince Brat. Jemmy plans to run away from the castle. Unfortunately Prince Brat beats him to it and takes Jemmy along on a journey- or does Jemmy take Prince Brat on a journey?

Included in this document the chapters the students will read on a daily basis, their daily requirements, a detailed description of each job in literature circles, an easy to use template to assign students daily jobs, end of the book project choices with scoring rubric, chapter-by-chapter discussion questions, chapter-by-chapter key vocabulary with an answer key, and some vocabulary activities. Your students will love the book and the literature circles!

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The Whipping Boy by Fleischman Comprehension Reading Activities Unit Common Core Reading Standards: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

This Newbery winning book is about an orphan named Jemmy. As the whipping boy, Jemmy must take the whippings for the royal heir to the king, Prince Brat. Jemmy plans to run away from the castle. Unfortunately Prince Brat beats him to it and takes Jemmy along on a journey- or does Jemmy take Prince Brat on a journey?

This is one of the most comprehensive reading packets you will find directly related to this specific book The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman. This  document includes a detailed answer key to make it easy for busy teachers. Also included are comprehension and discussion questions for each chapter. These questions have a strong emphasis on reading strategies such as visualizing, predicting, making connections, making inferences, and much more. There is also a vocabulary word study for each chapter with page numbers (and a teacher answer key). Also included is a guided reading rubric to assess your students in the areas such as fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, and predicting and so much more.

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