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Helping Readers Bloom Spring Link-up

Using the Novel Wishtree by Katherine Applegate to Promote ReadingWelcome to the Helping Readers Bloom Spring Link-up.

The Reading Crew is a group of primary through middle school reading specialists. About three to four times a year, we share materials and ideas through a blog link up. Enjoy reading through our posts and collecting free materials to use in your classroom this spring. Links to all the posts are found at the end of this post. Before you leave, enter the rafflecopter also found at end of this post. The raffle will be open from 4/6/18 (6:00 AM EST) to 4/11/18 at (6:00 AM EST). We are giving away over $600.00 in prizes including an Apple iPad mini WiFi + gift cards for a total of 8 winners. Have a great time exploring our blog posts, and I wish you luck in the raffle!
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Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Katherine Applegate writes a beautiful story with a unique main character. Wishtree is told from the first person perspective of a 216 year old oak tree named Red. Red is special in several ways. People write wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red’s branches each May. Because of this, Red has witnessed a lot of sadness from humans.

Red tells stories to the animals that live in its hollows about the past. This time Red decides not to be an observer. Red jumps into action after seeing the sadness of a Muslim girl named Samar. Samar’s wish is simple. She wishes for a friend. Red enlists her crow friend Bongo to help make Samar’s wish come true.

The story teaches a valuable lesson that all students should read.

FREE Teaching Ideas for Wishtree

Activity #1 

Watch the trailer.

Activity #2 

Read a sample of Wishtree.

 Activity #3 

Check out the Wishtree Teacher’s Guide from MacMillan. The guide contains discussion questions and activities that can be done with the book.  

Activity #4

Activities to use with the book Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

As a hook activity for the book have students learn about the history behind wish trees. Four corners is also a great opening activity for this book. Click here for a handout for these activities. 

Activity #5

Free Book Unit Samples for Wishtree by Katherine ApplegateIf you would like to try out the Wishtree Book Unit before you buy it, this download contains free samples including:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Vocabulary Practice for Chapters 1-5
  • Comprehension Questions for Chapters 1-5 
  • Constructive Response Question for Responding to Text
  • Photos to Show What the Rest of the Unit Looks Like

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate Book Unit

Wishtree Book Unit contains graphic organizers for an interactive notebook. Vocabulary, comprehension, constructive response writing, and skill practice are all included. Printable and Google Digital versions are available.

Gay Miller

 

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