Frindle Discussion Questions

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

Teachers, this lesson about Frindle by Andrew Clements will activate your student's higher order thinking skills by prompting them to do more than just recall facts about the book. Students will participate in lively discussions with their classmates and learn to respect others' opinion.


Frindle is about Nick, a young fifth grader who coins a new word, frindle. Nick all of sudden becomes famous and never expected the support from his peers, parents or the media. He also did not realize the backlash he would receive from his teacher and school administrators. This lesson allows students express their opinions about important topics such as freedom of speech and school culture while discussing the literary content and characters in the book.

Questions About Nick

  • Describe Nick's poor behavior in the first chapter. Do you think he's immature for his age? Why or why not?
  • If you were a character in the book, would you be friends with Nick? Explain why or why not.
  • Is Nick interested in being a teacher's pet? Have you been or do you want to be a teacher's pet? Why or why not?
  • What does Nick create? What prompted this idea? Why do you think he named the object frindle? What name would you have given the object?
  • After Nick introduced the word, frindle, what happened? Describe another word that has become popular recently. Do you think it's easier for new words to form in today's time than in the past? Why or why not?
  • How does Nick introduce frindle to his peers? Do you think this was the best way to spread the word? How would fifth graders in today's time introduce a new word?
  • What does Nick typically do right before the classroom bell rings? Is there anyone in your classroom who does something before the bell rings? Is so, explain. If not, discuss what you've heard your classmates mention.
  • Describe how Nick was assigned dictionary coursework. Did he complete the assignment? If not, what did Mrs. Granger do to him? What happens when students in your class do not complete homework? Do you think it's fair? Explain.

Questions About Mrs. Granger

  • How would you describe Mrs. Granger? Do you believe she loves teaching or does she teach for the money? How do teachers react when they like their job? How do they react when they teach for the money only?
  • What does Mrs. Granger love? How do the students feel about her affection for this object?
  • Describe Mrs. Granger's classroom. What is the overall classroom climate? Do you think Mrs. Granger's classroom and personality invite students to learn or prohibits their learning? Explain.
  • When students did not know a word, Mrs. Granger required them to use the dictionary to learn the definition. Do teachers still require students to look up words in the dictionary? Explain your teacher's expectations for learning the definitions of new words.

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