The BFG Novel Unit

One of my favorite novels, when I was a child, was The BFG.  I remember my 3rd-grade teacher reading it to my class and I just fell in love with it!  I was able to listen and close my eyes to let my imagination run wild.  When I became a teacher, I wanted to read this novel to my class.  Every year, I have read this novel to my class and I just love how much they love it when we are finished.  They love the giant and the way he talks and it inspires them to want to read more Roald Dahl novels.  Which is the point right??

This book can be a little difficult for the primary kiddos.  So I was wondering if I would be able to read this story with my 2nd-grade kiddos this year.  But after I realized that I had an extremely high reading group, we decided on reading this novel and completing my Novel Unit to help with their comprehension and understanding of the novel.   And let me tell you this novel unit is a game changer.  It engages them, allows them to be creative, and allows them to really understand the novel.

This novel unit includes:


-24 Comprehension Checks/Quizzes (1 for each chapter) with answer key
-Text to Self Connection: Venn Diagram
-Predictions Graphic Organizer
-Bubble Map
-Fact/opinion sort
-Cause and Effect blank
-Cause and Effect with Causes written
-My favorite Part Writing Prompt
-Jar Story Map
-My Dream Writing Prompt and Picture
-My Mental Image Page
-Retell Cards

My copies are ready for my high reading group!

My kiddos making predictions on what they think is going to happen in the novel.  Then we shared with one another, a lot of them used their background knowledge from the movie.  But I did remind them that the original novel can be different than the movie (and is better).

A captured dream from when I taught 3rd-grade.  Loved this one soo much!

I just love how a novel can inspire students to read.  We spend so much time having students focus on an aspect of reading.  We don’t spend enough time allowing students to just read for fun.  I have noticed that with these novel units, students are completing a task but growing their love of reading! So let the students read! Happy reading!

With lots of love,

Erin

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    Melanie
    January 25, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    This looks so professional and well done! I’m sure your students love it: it’s got to be engaging for them!

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    Ariel B
    February 2, 2018 at 1:09 am

    How fun! I always loved reading Roald Dahl to my first graders. I usually did Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Magic Finger as read alouds. Your novel study looks so enticing. Do you think it’d work well with a low 4th grade group?

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