The city of Ember is dying. Power failures become more frequent and longer. The sky is dark. Outside the city, darkness looms in the Unknown Regions.
Lina Mayfleet finds a set of instructions she believes will help her find a way out of the city. Unfortunately, her baby sister finds the instructions first and chews holes in them. Lina and her friend, Doon Harrow, race against time and a corrupt mayor to piece together the clues in these instructions to save the people from their dying city. Read this novel by Jeanne DuPrau to see if Lina and Doon are successful in their quest.
Activity #1 ~ Moth Life Cycle Craft
The author, Jeanne DuPrau, included a storyline about Doon finding a caterpillar that turned into a moth. Our students created the life cycle of a moth as part of this integrated science-art project.
Students built each stage of the life cycle on a die-cut leaf.
- caterpillar -pompoms and a pipe cleaner
- eggs and larvae – cotton balls and pipe cleaner
- butterfly – crepe paper streamers and a construction paper body with wiggly eyes
Activity #2 ~ Pineapple Treat
Granny remembered eating pineapple as a special treat when she was a young girl. Students created this pineapple treat with Twinkie’s Hostess Cakes, vanilla pudding, pineapple, cherries, and whip cream. You can see the step-by-step recipe here.
Activity #3 ~ Lina’s Dream City
Students had a lesson on perspective drawing as they created cities from Lina’s dreams.
Activity #4 ~ The City of Ember Bulletin Board
I teach with a wonderful team of teachers. One of them came up with a fantastic idea. The bulletin board was relatively empty when we began reading The City of Ember. As the book progressed, so did the board. Get a closer look at some of the things that were included.
Activity #5 ~ Story Map
This free printable includes 7-half pages. The City of Ember Story Map asks students to write about the theme, characters, point of view, setting, etc.
The City of Ember Book Unit Samples
The City of Ember Book Unit
The City of Ember Book Unit contains graphic organizers for an interactive notebook and game activities covering vocabulary, comprehension questions, constructed response writing, and skill practice.