The Nose from Jupiter Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan accompanies 'The Nose from Jupiter' by Richard Scrimger. Through it, you can help your students identify important details that should be included in a summary. Further, students will identify and analyze main characters of the book.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson students will be able to:

  • Summarize the book
  • Analyze main characters

Length

This lesson will take approximately 30-45 minutes.

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.2

Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.3

Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).

Instructions

Materials needed: chart paper, markers

This lesson is best used after students have read The Nose from Jupiter.

  • Have students turn and talk with a partner about aliens. Have them discuss the following to activate knowledge and make personal connections to the text:
    • Do you believe in aliens? Why?
    • If there are aliens on Jupiter, why do you think they might visit Earth?
  • Read the lesson, Summary of The Nose from Jupiter: Lesson for Kids, as a class.
  • Pause after reading 'The Alien' section. Ask the students who the main character of the story is.
  • Write 'Alan Dingwall' in the center of the chart paper. Draw four stems extending from Alan's name and label them as follows:
    • physical description
    • family
    • interests
    • challenges
  • Divide students into small groups. Provide each group with a set of materials and have the groups complete the concept map about the main character on their chart paper. Have each group share their ideas with the class.
  • Continue reading the 'Up the Nose' and 'New Friend' sections of the text.
  • Brainstorm with students about who the other significant characters in the story are and write them on the board. Be sure to include the following characters:
    • Norbert
    • Miranda
    • Victor
    • Prudence
    • Alan's mom
  • For each of the characters, decide as a class if he/she is a static or dynamic character.
  • Read the remainder of the lesson with students.
  • Discuss the order of the story. Ask students:
    • Why do you think the author chose to start the story at the end?
    • How might the story be different if the author had written it in chronological order?
  • Use the lesson's printable worksheet to check for understanding.

Character Analysis Activity

Materials Needed: chart paper, construction paper, markers/crayons, scissors, tape

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