Activities to use with From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Activity #1 ~ Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has devoted an entire issue of their newsletter Museum Kids to try to answer some of the many questions they receive about the connection between the book From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and the museum. You can download it by clicking on the cover below.
At this link, you can find floor maps of the museum. The rooms on this interactive map turn a darker shade of gray as you scroll your mouse across. You can visit the maps by clicking on the image below.
This is a family friendly printable map. It is the same map you receive when you visit the museum. This would be a fun map to color based on the events of the story.
the room where Jamie and Claudia slept
the Egyptian Galleries [a sarcophagus]
the Italian Renassance Room
a Michelangelo Painting or Sculpture
masterpieces by Renoir and Monet
I saved the best of last. This interactive map allows student to click on dots to see exhibits. You can also search to find specific places through the “Time Machine” and watch videos.
Activity #2 Storyboard That
Storyboard That had an entire section devoted to the book.
Picture Book Report is a website where fifteen illustrators created pieces of art in response to the text of their favorite books. The From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler section contains ten terrific images. Click on the image below to visit the Picture Book Report site, and then come back for a printable to use when analyzing and comparing the illustrations to the book.
This link will take you to a free Cinderella unit. Pages 54-59 have foldable graphic organizers going over the following Common Core Standards
Next move down to Pages 82-85 and you will find printable constructive response questions that can be used to compare the artwork found on the Picture Book Report site to the book From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.
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