If you are looking for Frindle teaching ideas, this is the place to visit. You’ll find printables, lesson plans, and novel study samples.
Frindle 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 to 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.
Frindle Teaching Ideas
Frindle Unit Samples
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Teaching Idea #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 the
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.
Teaching Idea #2 – Activities on the Web
- This Scholastic lesson plan provides instructions for how students can brainstorm to come up with a new word and then create a dictionary entry for it, including a pronunciation key, part of speech, word origin, and definition.
- Courtney from Polka Dot Lesson Plans provides a blog post with several teaching ideas. She includes photos of students’ work to help illustrate paper plate characters and a scene snapshot.
- Check out the reading guide for Frindle at the resources page on the Author Andrew Clements Website. This seven-page resource includes pre-reading activities, discussion questions, book activities, and vocabulary.
- 8 Fun Dictionary Activities from Rachel Lynette
- Reading is Fundamental’s Frindle Page has an online crossword puzzle and word searches in three different levels.
- Frindle at Storyboard That
- Simon & Schuster Discussion Topics and Research Topics
Teaching Idea #3 – Boom Learning
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 a quick way to check comprehension.
How often 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?
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Frindle Novel Study includes vocabulary practice, comprehension questions, constructed response writing, and skill practice.