Frindle 10 Fantastic Teaching Ideas

Frindle 10 Fantastic Teaching IdeasFrindle by Andrew Clements is the humorous story of a fifth grade boy. Nick comes up with the idea to start calling an ink pen a frindle. His teacher, Mrs. Granger, makes a huge deal when Nick and his classmates use the word frindle in class. Large groups of students begin to stay after school to write punishment sentences. This causes the principal to pay a visit Nick’s home. Excitement over the word spreads all over town. Before long, Nick has created a tidal wave that seems to keep growing. This is a must read book for upper elementary students.

10 Teaching Ideas for the Book

1 – Audio Version

Jeannie from Storytime with Miss Jeannie has recorded the entire Frindle novel in three chapter segments. The quality of these videos is excellent. This link goes to all of Storytime with Miss Jeannie‘s Youtube channel. At her site, you will also find recordings of Charlotte’s Web, James and the Giant Peach, The Great Gilly Hopkins, Sideways Stories from Wayside School, The Wizard of Oz, Fantastic Mr. Fox, No Talking, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and The Witches

2 – Scholastic Lesson Plan

This lesson plan provides instructions for how students can brainstorm to come up with a new word then create a dictionary entry for it including a pronunciation key, part of speech, word origin, and definition. 

3 – Activities

Courtney from Polka Dot Lesson Plans provides a blog post with several teaching ideas. She includes photos of student work to help illustrate paper plate characters and a scene snap shot.

4-8 – Links on the Web

Check out the reading guide for Frindle at the resources page on the  Author Andrew Clements Website. This seven page resource includes prereading activities, discussion questions, book activities, and vocabulary.

9 – Free Printable Activities to use with the Book

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

  • Vocabulary Practice for Chapter 1 [thermostat and custodian]

  • Comprehension Questions for Chapter 1

  • Constructed Response Question for Chapter 1 – Cause and Effect

  • Photos to Show What the Rest of the Unit Looks Like

10 – Book Unit Sample

Click here for a free novel study sample.

Frindle Vocabulary and Questions
Frindle Vocabulary and Questions

 

 

Here’s where you can purchase the full unit:

Frindle Vocabulary and Questions

Frindle Book Unit contains graphic organizers for an interactive notebook and game activities. Vocabulary, comprehension, constructive response writing, and skill practice are all included.

Paperless Interactive Frindle Novel Study

Check out Boom Learning Task Cards, a self-scoring interactive tool, with Frindle Novel Study.

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Frindle Novel Study with Boom Learning Cards

This bundle contains 19 decks. Fifteen of these decks are vocabulary/comprehension checks for the 15 individual chapters in the novel Frindle. The remaining 4 decks practice language arts skills. The bundle contains a whopping total of 286 cards.

Paperless Interactive Frindle Novel Study powered by Boom Learning Digital Task Cards

Paperless Interactive Frindle Novel Study powered by Boom Learning Digital Task Cards

Each deck offers a variety of question types including multiple choice, multiple select, drag-and-drop, and fill in the blanks. After students read a chapter from Frindle, they complete a deck. These decks average 11 cards making them quick way to check comprehension. 

How many times have you wanted to throw away the large stack of papers your students have turned in to grade? Boom is paperless. Did I mention these are not only interactive but self-grading as well? 

Paperless Interactive Frindle Novel Study powered by Boom Learning Digital Task Cards

Paperless Interactive Frindle Novel Study powered by Boom Learning Digital Task Cards

Four language arts decks are also included. These decks practice spelling words that end in -ing correctly, shades of meaning, progressive verbs, and context clues.

Paperless Interactive Frindle Novel Study powered by Boom Learning Digital Task Cards

Paperless Interactive Frindle Novel Study powered by Boom Learning Digital Task Cards

There’s More – Printable Vocabulary File

 

Boom Learning offers downloadable printable files to use along with the interactive decks. My Frindle materials in this packet may be used to introduce the words before students complete the practice exercises.

This printable resource includes the following:

  • a word list with definitions and sample sentences
  • bookmarks
  • word cards
  • end of the unit vocabulary test

 Let me know if you have questions. Here again is the link to Frindle Novel Study at Boom Learning.

Click here for a free sample of the printable unit.

 

Gay Miller

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