Max Malone Makes A Million Activities

Instructor: Kristen Goode

Kristen has been an educator for 25+ years - as a classroom teacher, a school administrator, and a university instructor. She holds a doctorate in Education Leadership.

'Max Malone Makes a Million' by Charlotte Herman is a great book about setting out to make money and overcoming obstacles along the way. Use the activities in this asset to encourage student learning.

Max Malone Makes a Million

In Max Malone Makes a Million, Max and his friend Gordy are desperately trying to find a successful way to make some money. They find themselves in constant competition with Austin Healy who always seems to succeed when they cannot. This fun story, written for middle to upper elementary readers, is an easy read with an interesting ending. The activities below have been created to help students make connections with the story and its characters.

Compare Max and Austin

Materials: drawing paper, colored pencils or markers

  • Put students into groups of 2-4.
  • Give each group drawing paper and colored pencils or markers.
  • Instruct each group to develop a large Venn diagram with the two circles being labeled:
    • Max
    • Austin
  • Explain that students are to use the Venn diagram to compare and contrast the two characters in several ways:
    • Personality
    • Physical description
    • Character traits exhibited
    • Actions within the story
  • Encourage use of both words and pictures as groups create their diagrams.
  • Allow time for each of the groups to share their work with the class.

Advertise for Max

Materials: poster board (or card stock), markers

  • Begin by briefly reviewing the many attempts Max made at making money throughout the story. What were some of the different things he tried? What caused them to fail? What made the last idea successful?
  • Put students into groups of 2-3.
  • Instruct each group to choose one of Max's ideas from the story and develop an advertising poster for him to use.
    • What would need to be said on the poster?
    • What could be used to make the poster visually interesting and draw people's attention?
    • How could you talk up the idea so as to make it more successful for Max?
  • Allow time for groups to work on their posters.
  • Have each group present their posters to the class as if presenting to an audience of possible customers.

Story Map

Materials: writing paper, pencil

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