The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: Chapter 01

Download The Wizard of Oz Free Book Unit ~ Chapter 1.

This free book study for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is being offered in weekly installments. The best place to begin is with the introduction found here. This post contains teaching materials for Chapter 1 ~ The Cyclone.

Summary of Chapter 1 ~ The Cyclone

Dorothy lives in the gray Kansas prairie with her Uncle Henry and Aunt Em. One day a cyclone picks up Dorothy’s small one-room farmhouse with Dorothy and her small dog Toto still inside. Dorothy rides in the eye of the storm until she is completely exhausted. She then crawls into her bed and falls asleep as her house travels in the storm. 

Download the free teaching resources for Chapter 1 here.

Teaching Materials for Chapter 1 ~ The Cyclone


blister [verb] ~ for paint or a similar coating to raise and bubble

Once the house had been painted, but the sun blistered the paint and the rains washed it away, and now the house was as dull and gray as everything else.

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 gaunt [adjective] ~ very thin and bony; lanky, lean, scrawny

When Aunt Em came there to live she was a young, pretty wife. The sun and wind had changed her, too. They had taken the sparkle from her eyes and left them a sober gray; they had taken the red from her cheeks and lips, and they were gray also. She was thin and gaunt, and never smiled now.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Which of the following questions can the reader answer after reading Chapter 1?
    1.   What did Aunt Em and Uncle Henry do for a living?
    2.   Chapter 1 is set in which month?
    3.   What did Toto do to make Dorothy laugh?
    4.   What happened to cause Dorothy to go live with Aunt Em and Uncle Henry?
  1. Which of the following events took place first?
    1.   Toto nearly fell through the trap door.
    2.   The house was lifted up by the cyclone.
    3.   Uncle Henry went to check on the animals.
    4.   Dorothy fell asleep.
  1. The effect of Toto hiding under the bed was ______.
    1.  Aunt Em dropped the dishes
    2. Uncle Henry yelled, “Run for the cellar!”
    3.  Dorothy didn’t get to the storm cellar before the cyclone hit the house.
    4.  Aunt Em became mad.
  1. Name two things in Kansas the book said were not gray.
  1. List some of the words used to describe the wind.
  1. Name the type of figurative language that is used in each of the following passages, and then tell the meaning of each.
    1. The sun and wind had changed her, too.
    2. From the far north, they heard a low wail of the wind.
    3. Dorothy felt as if she were going up in a balloon.
    4. She felt as if she were being rocked gently, like a baby in a cradle.
    5. The wind shrieked so loudly all about her that she nearly became deaf.


Note: Even if you do not plan to teach The Wizard of Oz, many of the resources may be used independently of the book. This is especially true of the language arts foldable organizers.

  • Constructed Response ~ Setting
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.3 
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.3 
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.3
  • Language Arts Skill ~ Latin Root [voc/vok]
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.4.b 
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.1.a 
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.4.b

 FREE printable pages for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ~ Chapter 1

 Click here to download FREE vocabulary practice, comprehension printables, and a foldable organizer for Chapter 1. 

Follow these links to see the entire book unit:

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz FREE Book Unit
Vocabulary Materials including Word List – Word Wall – Book Marks – Test / Lessons at a Glance

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    • Delma Martinez on November 8, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    Hello, I clicked on the Free Foldables pic and it brings me here but I don’t see where to click to download them. Are they still available? Thank you so much, Delma Martinez

    1. Each Chapter/Lesson contains one foldable organizer. The pronoun foldables may be found in Chapters 5-9 of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz unit.

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