Jan 23

The City of Ember Book Activities


The City of Ember ActivitiesThe city of Ember is dying. Power failures become more frequent and longer. The sky is dark. Outside the city, darkness looms in the Unknown Regions.

Lina Mayfleet finds a set of instructions she believes will help her find a way out of the city. Unfortunately, her baby sister finds the instructions first and chews holes in them. Lina and her friend, Doon Harrow, race against time and a corrupt mayor to piece together the clues in these instructions to save the people from their dying city. Read this novel by Jeanne DuPrau to see if Lina and Doon are successful in their quest.

 Activity #1 ~ Moth Life Cycle Craft 

The City of Ember Activities

The author, Jeanne DuPrau, included a storyline about Doon finding a caterpillar which turned into a moth. Our students created the life cycle of a moth as part of this integrated science-art project.

Students built each stage of the life cycle on a die cut leaf.

  • caterpillar -pompoms and a pipe cleaner
  • eggs and larvae – cotton balls and pipe cleaner
  • butterfly – crepe paper streamers and a construction paper body with wiggly eyes

See more photos here.

 Activity #2 ~ Pineapple Treat

The City of Ember ActivitiesGranny remembered eating pineapple as a special treat when she was a young girl. Students created this pineapple treat with Twinkie’s Hostess Cakes, vanilla pudding, pineapple, cherries, and whip cream. You can see the step-by-step recipe here.

 Activity #3 ~ Lina’s Dream City

The City of Ember ActivitiesStudents had a lesson on perspective drawing as they created cities from Lina’s dreams.

 Activity #4 ~ The City of Ember Bulletin Board 

The City of Ember Activities

I teach with a wonderful team of teachers. One of them came up with the fantastic idea. The bulletin board was relatively empty when we began reading The City of Ember. As the book progressed, so did the board. Get a closer look of some of the things that were included.

  Activity #5 ~ Story Map 

The City of Ember Activities

This free printable includes 7-half pages. The City of Ember Story Map asks students to write about theme, characters, point of view, setting, etc.

The City of Ember Book Unit Samples

Free Samples from The City of Ember Book UnitTry out the unit before you buy it with Lesson 3.

The City of Ember Book Unit

The City of Ember Book Unit


The City of Ember Book Unit contains graphic organizers for an interactive notebook and game activities covering vocabulary, comprehension questions, constructive response writing, and skill practice.


Gay Miller


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