Frindle Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Did your students grasp the main idea of 'Frindle.' A text lesson ensures comprehension and an activity reinforces key vocabulary words. Related lessons and additional activities are also included.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize Andrew Clemons' Frindle
  • outline key characters in Frindle
  • utilize new vocabulary words from the book


1 hour

Key Vocabulary

  • Thermostat
  • Controversial
  • Vandalism


  • Copies of Frindle by Andrew Clements

Curriculum Standards


Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.


Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.


Note - This lesson plan is designed for students who have completed Andrew Clements' Frindle.

  • Begin by asking students to draft a short summary (4-5 sentences) of Frindle, including key characters and events.
  • Now have the students swap papers with a classmate.
  • The students should now read and review one another's papers, making simple constructive comments at the bottom of the page.
  • When they have finished with their peer's papers, have them return it to its owner.
  • Students should now be given an opportunity to revise their summaries based on the feedback of the peers, if needed.
  • Next, have the class read the introduction, Book Summary, and Important Characters sections of the text lesson Frindle: Summary, Characters & Vocabulary.
  • Once again, give students a chance to revise their summaries using what they've learned in the text lesson.
  • Collect the summaries from the students now.
  • Have students read the rest of the text lesson now.
  • As the students are reading, write the following terms on the board: THERMOSTAT, CONTROVERSIAL, VANDALISM

Discussion Questions

  • What items can we think of that have nonsensical names that took off just like the name 'frindle' did for a pen?
  • Why did the students choose to disobey their teacher?


  • Now have the students draft three original sentences using the words written on the board.
  • When all students have finished composing their sentences, have them share them with the class.


  • Allow students to create new words to represent classroom objects. Now have everyone use those words to refer to the objects for one week in class.
  • Give students a list of 10 words. They must now research the origin of each word and present it to the class.

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