Ideas & Extensions
to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study
Watch "Where the Red Fern Grows"
with class for a reward movie or read "The Tiger Rising" by Kate DiCamillo
to the class during teacher reading time.
Have students discuss the themes
in the book/movie they have experienced. Especially touch on the
role of animals in the books and the major life choices the main characters
have to make.
Pass out "Summer of the Monkeys"
and "Because of Winn Dixie."
Have students look at the title,
first few pages, and back of the book.
Let students write 4 predictions
about the theme of the book and the events in the story on a large post-it
note to be posted on the inside front cover of their books.
Have students find Florida and the
Ozark Mountains on a map of the United States.
Assign the first section of each
book to read and all individual literature circle roles for Section 1.