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May 15

Activities to Use with the The War with Grandpa by Robert Kimmel Smith

The War with Grandpa

In The War with Grandpa, ten-year-old Peter learns from his little sister that Grandpa is going to come to live with his family. He will be staying in Peter’s room because his bad leg won’t allow him to climb two flights of stairs up to the guest bedroom. 

Peter becomes angry that Grandpa will move into HIS room. Shortly after moving in, Peter  devises a series of pranks to drive out Grandpa. Grandpa does not give up easily causing a “war” between the two.

Ideas for the Book

Watch the Movie

An adaptation of Robert Kimmel Smith’s book will be in theaters on October 20, 2017. The movie began filming May 2 in Atlanta, Georgia. Robert De Niro is playing the part of Grandpa. The cast will also include Uma Thurman, Rob Riggle, Christopher Walken, and Cheeech Marin. Peter is being played by Oakes Fegle from Pete’s Dragon

Compare and Contrast the Book to the Movie

Free Organizers to Use When Comparing the Book to the Movie

These organizers may be used to compare any book with its movie. .

Comparing You and Grandpa

This link contains a printable Venn Diagram from students to compare themselves with a grandparent.

Family Timeline

This week long set of lessons from readwritethink includes some terrific ideas. Students not only create a family timeline, but also interview a family member. The lesson are designed for 3-5 graders which matches perfectly with The War with Grandpa.

The War with Grandpa Book Unit

Free Book Unit Samples from The War with Grandpa

If you would like to try out the The War with Grandpa Book Unit before you buy it, this download contains free samples including:

  • Vocabulary Practice for Chapters 1-3
  • Comprehension Questions for Chapters 1-3
  • Constructive Response Question – Point of View
  • Photos to Show What the Rest of the Unit Looks LikeThe War with Grandpa Teaching Ideas

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

Gay Miller

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