Comprehensive Intermediate Book Lesson Plans and Hands-on Activities That Make Reading Books So Much More Fun!
“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”
-Charles William Eliot
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I come from a family of readers, for us books are like lovely friends that sit on shelves waiting to entertain us. It brings me great enjoyment to share my love of reading with the younger set. The book curriculum guides with hands-on learning activities on this page were created for a book club. The members of the book club were ages 9-12 with a wide range of reading proficiency, some were advanced readers while others had learning disabilities. All of these lessons are easy to level for just about any reader. We had a lot of fun reading, discussing and playing while we enjoyed all of these amazing books.
This story is about Sarah Revere, the thirteen-year-old daughter of the famous Paul Revere. She has to cope with the family tension when her father is riding to other towns to warn them or spread the news. She knew more than most about the revolution, and she was very scared of the power of the secrets she had.
The Pharaoh’s Secret by Marissa Moss
Filled with intrigue and surprises, The Pharaoh’s Secret includes Marissa Moss’ original illustrations throughout. The novel skillfully weaves history with a personal story full of heartache and family tensions that will entice and enthrall readers. When Talibah and her younger brother, Adom, accompany their father, an academic, to his homeland of modern Egypt on his research assignment, they become involved in a mystery surrounding an ancient, lost pharaoh-a rare queen ruler. This fast paced book is an intriguing way for the kids to learn about Ancient Egypt.
Wheels of Change by Darlene Beck Jacobson
The Industrial Revolution was a turbulent time for America. As the Industrial Revolution churned forward change was forced upon many families. In Wheels of Change by Darlene Beck Jacobson we see the impact through the eyes of 12-year-old Emily. Her father is a carriage maker at a time when “horseless carriages” are beginning to replace using horses as transportation.
A Long Way From Chicago (Puffin Modern Classics) by Richard Peck
Richard Peck has a writing style that draws you in with its humor which accounts for his enduring popularity. In the book, A Long Way From Chicago, Joey Dowdel and his sister, Mary Alice are shipped off to visit their Grandma Dowdel in the summer of 1929. Being city kids from Chicago, they are none too pleased to be packed off to the boonies for a visit with a grandmother they hadn’t seen since they were “tykes”. But Grandma Dowdel is no ordinary Grandma, and these two kids learn to always expect the unexpected. Chapter after chapter is filled with ridiculous situations that will have the kids laughing as they read.
Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman
The book Catherine Called Birdy by Karen Cushman takes place in medieval England in 1290. Birdy is the 14-year-old daughter of an English country knight who is very inventive and humorous. This journal describes her adventures throughout a year of her daily life and her efforts to get rid of any male suitor that her father wants her to marry.
This ingenious fantasy centers on Milo, a bored ten-year-old who comes home to find a large toy tollbooth sitting in his room. Joining forces with a watchdog named Tock, Milo drives through the tollbooth gates and begins a memorable journey. He meets such characters as the foolish, yet lovable Humbug, the Mathemagician, the not-so-wicked “Which” and Faintly Macabre. This was one of my favorite books growing up.
The Phantom Tollbooth Book Curriculum: Discussion Questions, Writing Prompts and Hands-on Activities
The Secret Garden (HarperClassics) by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Secret Garden, tells an inspirational tale of transformation and empowerment. Mary Lennox, a sickly and contrary little girl, is orphaned to dim prospects in a gloomy English manor – her only friend is a bed-ridden boy named Colin whose prospects may be dimmer than hers. But when Mary finds the key to a Secret Garden, the magical powers of transformation fall within her reach.