Tag: Roald Dahl

Matilda by Roald Dahl

 

Matilda by Roald Dahl is a fun book to read. Matilda is a super-genius. She lives with parents who neglect her and are mean. Matilda must take care of herself and even teaches herself to read. She decides that every time her parents are mean, she will get them back with a prank. First, she puts glue in her dad’s hat. Next, she disguises a neighbor’s parrot as a ghost. Then, she dyes her dad’s hair blonde.

When Matilda begins school, her life is both the same and different. Her teacher, Miss Honey, realizes right away how extraordinary Matilda is, but the school’s headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, is a tyrant and bully of the worst sort.

Will Matilda pull pranks on Miss Trunchbull as she does her family? You will have to read the book to see how Matilda deals with school.

“My Favorite Books” Interactive Notebook Activity

Foldable Graphic Organizer to use with Matilda by Roald Dahl

Each page has a new task.

Students:

    • List their favorite books.

    • Write a paragraph explaining why their #1 choice is their favorite.

    • Compare the main character of their favorite book to Matilda.

    • Contrast their favorite character to Matilda.

    • Draw an illustration of their favorite scene.

You can download the free printable here.

Free Samples from Matilda Book Unit

Free Samples from Matilda Book Unit

If you would like to try out the Matilda Book Unit before you buy it, this download contains the following free samples:

  • Vocabulary Practice for Chapter 1-2
  • Comprehension Questions for Chapters 1-2
  • Constructive Response Question – Point of View
  • Photos to Show What the Rest of the Unit Looks Like

Matilda Book UnitMatilda Book Unit

Matilda 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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The Witches by Roald Dahl

 

 

As September comes to an end, and October rolls around, I like for my students to start a novel with a Halloween theme. These are not necessarily Halloween books, but ones that have themes that represent the season. For younger students, Stellaluna with its bat theme is a great choice. I have used Harry Potter (wizards) and The Spiderwick Chronicles (all types of creatures). This free printable includes several witch activities that can be used while reading Roald Dahl’s book The Witches.

 

Free Compare and Contrast Printables to use with The WitchesComparing and Contrasting Two Witches

By teaching a novel with a theme, the difficult Common Core Skill RL.9 compare and contrast becomes much easier. Whether you are comparing themes, setting, and plots by the same author (3rd grade), similar themes and topics (4th grade), stories in the same genre (5th grade), or different forms (6th grade), using a Halloween theme makes the writing projects fun and interesting for students. In this set of free printables, you’ll receive this printable for students to compare the Grand High Witch from Dahl’s The Witches to the Wicked Witch of the West in Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

 

Free Compare and Contrast Printables to use with The WitchesComparing and Contrasting

The next printable has students comparing a number of well-known witches from children’s literature. These include several fairy tale witches such as the witches from Sleeping Beauty and Hansel and Gretel.…………………………………

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..Free Compare and Contrast Printables to use with The Witches

 

Comparing Witches Craftivity

Students will enjoy making this free standing witch craft activity. Four different witches from children’s literature are compared.

Free Compare and Contrast Printables to use with The Witches

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Acrostic

An acrostic printable is also included. I purposely left off instruction for this page to make it adaptable for many needs. You can have students summarize one specific chapter from The Witches by using this form or witches in general.

Free Compare and Contrast Printables to use with The Witches

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.Witch Trivia

On the day of your Halloween party, many witch themed activities make the party both fun and a learning experience for your students. This printable has students listing famous witches from children’s literature. I like to divide students into small groups. I time the activity. The group with the most correct answers at the end of the allotted time receives token prizes. This can be anything from homework passes to school supplies. Students love the friendly competition.

Compare and Contrast Witch Activities

A Witch’s Brew

Another activity I enjoy doing with my students is have them bring in ingredients to make their own party snacks. Here we are creating a punch in a witch’s cauldron. The mixture bubbles and foams. Students love creating their own snacks and following directions can be taught. This printable includes this punch recipe. ………………………………………………

Download the free printable here.

Free Printable Activities to use with The Witches by Roald Dahl

Gay Miller

 

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Teaching Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Teaching Grammar with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Charlie Bucket comes from a poor family where having seconds of a watered down soup on Sundays is a real treat. After finding a dollar lying in the street, Charlie buys a Wonka’s Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight and finds the golden ticket that allows him to tour Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. Charlie brings along Grandpa Joe for the adventure. The two are amazed at all the marvels in chocolate factory. Read Roald Dahl’s delightful book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to learn of Charlie’s adventures on this tour.

 

Getting Ready for a Great Unit

Step 1 ~~ Get the Room Ready

I found this wonderful site in the U.K. where you can download free banners and character posters. These make a great bulletin board. Be sure to check out the related links section at the bottom of the pages. You will find the banner and character posters with a white background. [This would be a great ink saver!] The site also has word mats and labels for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as well as information on Roald Dahl. Just click on one of the images below to visit the site.

Character Posters
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Free Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Border

Step 2 ~~ Make an Anchor Chart . . . or Two

The anchor chart below shows the four rooms in the chocolate factory where the characters get into trouble. I plan to have my students complete the “Who?” and “What?” sections as we read the novel. Click on the anchor chart to see the other Charlie and the Chocolate Factory anchor chart I created with the main characters. 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Resources

Step 3 ~~ Look for a Great Book Unit

Here are some free samples from my Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Book Unit.

  • Vocabulary  

    The unit contains both a short vocabulary list (11 words) and a longer list (1 word per chapter for a total of 30 words). Here is a Smart Notebook teaching resource for the short list. Click on one of the images to download the Smart Notebook Activity. 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Teaching Resources

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Teaching Resources

    I recommend using the shorter list if you plan to move through the novel fairly quickly. This year we are using this book with our RTI students. With 45 minute classes, the pace is much slower, so I created a second longer list of words that could be used. Both the short and long vocabulary lists have definitions and sentences from the novel containing the words. Multiple choice vocabulary quizzes are also provided.

  • Comprehension Quizzes

    The unit contains 10 comprehension quizzes. Each quiz contains multiple choice questions at both the knowledge level and higher level thinking skills such as cause/effect, inference, main idea, sequencing, etc. Each quiz also contains a constructive response question with a graphic organizer for planning responses. You can download a sample quiz for Chapters 1-3 by clicking here or on one of the images below.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Free Book Unit Samples

The unit comes with the username and password to take the quizzes online in an interactive format. I like to place the online quizzes on the Smart Board with students writing the A, B, C, or D answer choices down and turning them in. This saves tons of paper, and the students enjoy the format of seeing the questions on the SmartBoard. If your class has iPads or laptops, they can take the quizzes on these devices. Once students finish taking the quiz, a quick trip around the room to write down final grades is all that is needed.Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Teaching Resources

  • Skill Practice

    This unit covers all parts of speech with graphic organizers and practice exercises. Students can make a lap book or create an interactive notebook with the graphic organizers.

    Each part of speech contains a one page graphic organizer as seen in the photo below on the top section and an assortment of foldable graphic organizers covering rules and examples as seen on the bottom section in the photo below. Download a sample.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Teaching Resources

Skill Practice Samples

  • Here is a sample practice page. It goes over using coordinating and subordinating conjunctions.

  • You can download this sample graphic organizer pattern by clicking on the image.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Teaching Resources

Step 4 ~~ If you like these sample pages, take a look at the full unit on Teachers Pay Teachers.

Step 5 ~~ If you need additional ideas check out this Pinterest Board.

Great Books for Fourth Graders Pinterest Board

 

Gay Miller

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