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Ch 4: Teaching Transformations in Children's Books

About This Chapter

This chapter was assembled as a way for teachers to review examples of lesson plans and comprehension questions regarding children's books with an underlying theme of transformation.

Teaching Transformations in Children's Books - Chapter Summary

Many books have characters that are transformed into something different than themselves, often reflecting a theme of growth and development. Use the resources of this chapter to review examples of lessons plans, class activities, discussion topics and comprehension questions regarding:

  • The Chocolate Touch
  • Chocolate Fever
  • Flat Stanley
  • Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid

How It Helps

  • Learning objectives: Reference the example lesson plans to identify ways you can incorporate related lesson objectives into your class curriculum.
  • Class discussion questions/topics: Discover questions you can ask to get students involved in beneficial classroom discussions.
  • Homework or classwork suggestions: Use the example questions to organize your own worksheets and quizzes.

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson-plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning lessons about transformations in children's books easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific reading topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your reading class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related reading lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important themes and concepts of transformation from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant literature-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

34 Lessons in Chapter 4: Teaching Transformations in Children's Books
Flat Stanley Comprehension Questions

1. Flat Stanley Comprehension Questions

Teachers, utilize this lesson to ensure your students read the book. Assess their comprehension skills as well as critical thinking skills by assigning It's All About What You Think questions.

Flat Stanley Activities for Kids

2. Flat Stanley Activities for Kids

'Flat Stanley' is a fun book about a boy who wakes up one day as flat as a pancake. Written for middle to late elementary age readers, the book can be used to reinforce a variety of skills.

Flat Stanley Project Ideas

3. Flat Stanley Project Ideas

~'Flat Stanley~' is a fun children's book written by Jeff Brown about a boy who wakes up one morning and finds that he is flat as a pancake. After reading the book with the class, consider the following activities to extend learning and develop excitement about the book.

Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid Comprehension Questions

4. Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid Comprehension Questions

Teachers, students who have read Judy Moody books will certainly be a fan of ''Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid''. This lesson will ensure they read the book, as well as enhance their literary and critical thinking skills.

The Chocolate Touch Lesson Plan

5. The Chocolate Touch Lesson Plan

What happens when you mix mythology and candy? Walk readers through the story chapter by chapter using this lesson plan. Summarize key events, then research how the story parallels to mythology.

The Chocolate Touch Summary

6. The Chocolate Touch Summary

'The Chocolate Touch' is a book by Patrick Skene Catlin. It follows the tale of a boy named John who's cursed so that everything he puts into his mouth turns into chocolate. In this lesson, we'll take a look at the story chapter by chapter.

The Chocolate Touch Pre-Reading Activities

7. The Chocolate Touch Pre-Reading Activities

'The Chocolate Touch' is a compelling and popular children's book that touches on many important themes. This lesson offers some pre-reading activities that will help you prepare your students to get as much as possible out of the text.

The Chocolate Touch Activities

8. The Chocolate Touch Activities

Ditch those boring worksheets and get students engaged and moving with these fun activities about the novel 'The Chocolate Touch.' These ideas are easy to implement using supplies you already have on hand and are useful for students on a variety of levels.

Chocolate Fever Activities

9. Chocolate Fever Activities

''Chocolate Fever'' depicts a little boy who loves chocolate in any form or fashion. This activity explores scenes from the book while allowing students to share their experiences.

Chocolate Fever Comprehension Questions

10. Chocolate Fever Comprehension Questions

Help assess your students' understanding of the novel Chocolate Fever with these comprehension questions, which focus on literary elements such as plot, setting, and characters. Questions can be modified for all ability levels.

Chocolate Fever Discussion Questions

11. Chocolate Fever Discussion Questions

Teachers, ''Chocolate Fever'' is a fun book that keeps your students interested in reading. Challenge their comprehension, critical, and literary analysis skills by assigning this lesson.

A Bad Case of Stripes Read Aloud Lesson Plan

12. A Bad Case of Stripes Read Aloud Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help students retell a story, describe the central message, characters, and events, and compare the experiences of various characters as they read 'A Bad Case of Stripes' by Gayle Berthiaume.

The Quiltmaker's Gift Lesson Plan

13. The Quiltmaker's Gift Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help students determine the moral of a story, describe how characters change due to experiences, and describe the structure of a story as they read 'The Quiltmaker's Gift' by Jeff Brumbeau.

The Quiltmaker's Gift Book Summary

14. The Quiltmaker's Gift Book Summary

Jeff Brumbeau tells us a story about an old quiltmaker who teaches a greedy king an important lesson about true happiness. What does she tell him? Does the king learn how to be happy? Read on and find out in this lesson's summary of ''The Quiltmaker's Gift.''

The Curious Garden Lesson Plan

15. The Curious Garden Lesson Plan

Discover what can happen when one boy gives a little bit of attention to a sad and dying garden in 'The Curious Garden' by Peter Brown. Students will learn about a real life railroad that was turned into a park and design a park of their own.

The Forgiveness Garden Lesson Plan

16. The Forgiveness Garden Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students will read, 'The Forgiveness Garden' by Lauren Thompson, a story about how two villages that despise each other are able to heal. Students will then complete an activity to reinforce key learning.

The Parsley Garden Lesson Plan

17. The Parsley Garden Lesson Plan

''The Parsley Garden'' by William Saroyan is about a young man who steals a hammer. Although a simple storyline, students will be engaged as they answer questions and complete an activity about the characters, scenes, and interactions.

Jack's Garden Lesson Plan

18. Jack's Garden Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, your class will have discussions and participate in activities related to things that can be found in a garden and learn how gardens grow. ''Jack's Garden,'' by Henry Cole, is the foundation for the discussion and activities.

The Gardener by Sarah Stewart Lesson Plan

19. The Gardener by Sarah Stewart Lesson Plan

This lesson plan explores the role of illustrations in ''The Gardener.'' It also teaches point of view. The lesson includes group work, discussion questions, and writing prompts.

The Little Yellow Leaf Lesson Plan

20. The Little Yellow Leaf Lesson Plan

What is it like being a leaf blowing in the autumn wind? In this lesson, we will read about a little leaf that held on until the last moment before letting go of his tree. We will also create a picture and write a sentence to help us retell the story of ''The Little Yellow Leaf'' by Carin Berger.

Red Leaf Yellow Leaf Lesson Plan

21. Red Leaf Yellow Leaf Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is designed to teach students about 'Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf' by Lois Ehlert. Students will answer questions, describe the steps in planting a tree, and clarify the meaning of unfamiliar words in the text.

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert Lesson Plan

22. Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert Lesson Plan

'Leaf Man', by Lois Ehlert is a colorful book that explores where the wind blows a leaf. Students will define vocabulary, listen to a story, and participate in an activity.

The Fall of Freddie the Leaf Lesson Plan

23. The Fall of Freddie the Leaf Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is designed to teach students about ''The Fall of Freddie the Leaf'' by Leo Buscaglia, Ph.D. Students will answer questions, retell the story, and clarify the meanings of unfamiliar words in the text.

Are You Ready To Play Outside? Lesson Plan

24. Are You Ready To Play Outside? Lesson Plan

Do you know how to have fun in the rain? Elephant and Piggie do. In this lesson, we'll see how they play in the rain as we read ''Are You Ready to Play Outside?'' by Mo Willems.

Oliver Button is a Sissy Lesson Plan

25. Oliver Button is a Sissy Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, see how to use the book 'Oliver Button is a Sissy' to help you tackle issues like self-acceptance with your students, teach character analysis, and have your class make personal connections with the book.

Each Little Bird That Sings Lesson Plan

26. Each Little Bird That Sings Lesson Plan

'Each Little Bird That Sings' by Deborah Wiles is a coming of age novel for elementary readers. This lesson plan reinforces key content from the book. An activity builds upon the theme of celebrating life and those we love.

Last Stop on Market Street Lesson Plan

27. Last Stop on Market Street Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, students will learn about theme, find the theme of 'Last Stop on Market Street,' and identify themes in other stories. The plan includes an optional writing extension.

The Babe and I Lesson Plan

28. The Babe and I Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help teachers examine Babe Ruth and his career. Students will learn about the baseball legend's life, career, and legacy. The lesson will end with an activity comparing Babe's career to other baseball greats.

George by Alex Gino Discussion Questions

29. George by Alex Gino Discussion Questions

'George' is a young adult novel by Alex Gino about a fourth-grade transgender student who is searching for identity. This asset provides discussion questions about this novel.

Soul Surfer Discussion Questions

30. Soul Surfer Discussion Questions

Would your students like to know more about legendary surfer and inspirational speaker Bethany Hamilton? Discuss how she became a celebrity after the shark attack and her subsequent improbable return to professional surfing with these questions.

Save Me a Seat Discussion Questions

31. Save Me a Seat Discussion Questions

''Save Me a Seat'' is a children's novel about two different boys that come together in the school cafeteria. These discussion questions can help your students work through the book's plot, structure, and themes.

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing Project Ideas

32. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing Project Ideas

'Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing' by Judy Blume is a beloved story about sibling rivalry. These projects provide an opportunity for students to work collaboratively on culminating projects about this book.

The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle Activities

33. The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle Activities

'The Tiny Seed' is an Eric Carle book about the adventures of a little seed as it is planted and grown. Use the activities below to help students see the meaning in the story and apply it to their own understanding of the life of a seed.

Summer of the Monkeys Activities

34. Summer of the Monkeys Activities

''Summer of the Monkeys'' is a fun story about a boy trying to capture escaped circus monkeys. These activities will let students engage with this book in unique and creative ways.

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