BEFORE reading *Discussion - Assess pre-knowledge *Front Cover Visualization *K-W-L Chart: The Dictionary
DURING reading *Tracking My Progress – tracking sheet to keep students accountable *for reading and completing the chapter summaries. *Keeping the Characters Straight – note-taking graphic organizer *10 Things I Learned: How the Dictionary is Formed *Chapter Summaries – one for each chapter (1-15). Blank template also included. *Chapter Summaries – Answer Keys *Vocabulary Word Wall cards – four for each chapter (60 total). Blank templates also included. *Comprehension Quizzes – one quiz every three chapters (1-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, 13-15) *Answer Keys provided. *Cause & Effect graphic organizers – one every five chapters (1-5, 6-10, 11-15) *Answer Keys provided. *Text Connections – graphic organizer *Figurative Language Hunt – graphic organizer *Suggested Answer Key provided.
AFTER reading: *Final Test: 20 short-answer comprehension questions. *Answer key provided. *Character Studies – graphic organizers for charting the physical and character traits of Nick and Mrs. Granger. *Answer keys provided. Blank template also included. *Character Profiles – note-taking graphic organizers for the two main characters (Nick and Mrs. Granger) *Answer keys provided. Blank template also included. *Character Comparisons Venn Diagrams (4) *Interactive Notebook Foldables – Story Elements, Important Characters, Comparing Characters, Setting, Protagonist/Antagonist, Plot Summary, and Theme. *Answer Keys provided. *Keeping the Characters Straight – matching activity *Answer Key provided. *My Favorite Scene – activity template *Let’s Write! Journal Entries – three journal prompts, asking students to write from the perspective of both Nick and Mrs. Granger
OPTIONAL EXTENSION ACTIVITIES: *Creative Vocabulary – Have each student invent a new word and compile the pages into a new “class dictionary” *Get Your Frindle Gear Here – have your students design a “Frindle” logo on a pen, a shirt, a hat, and a notebook. *My Favorite Teacher – the students write a letter to a teacher who’s had an impact on their life. *Welcome to Westfield – the students design the billboard that people see when they enter Westfield, New Hampshire. *Welcome to My Town - the students do a mini-research project on their hometown and fill out important information in a graphic organizer. *Learning New Languages – students will look up common English words in Spanish, French, and a language of their choice.
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