Lynda Mullaly Hunt tells a fantastic story in her book Fish in a Tree. Told in the first-person point of view, the book follows Ally through her sixth-grade year as she overcomes many obstacles. Ally does a great job keeping the secret that she can’t read until Mr. Daniels steps in while Mrs. Hall is on maturity leave. Mr. Daniels’s teaching methods prove Ally is extremely bright. He realizes she has dyslexia and tutors Ally after school.
Not only does Ally struggle with reading but also has to deal with a class bully. Not all is bad; Ally makes two great friends. This heartwarming story is sure to make you both laugh and cry.
FREE Teaching Ideas to use with Fish in a Tree
These two Youtube videos will help build interest. Show one or both as a hook activity to get students excited about reading the book.
Watch an excerpt from The Island of Misfit Toys. Students can visualize the characters mentioned in Chapter 17.
- the train with square wheels
- The Cowboy who rides an ostrich
- several others
In Chapter 47, Mr. Daniels places a jumble of letters on the board and asks the students to read it. He tells the students they will receive extra credit for deciphering the coded message. Check out these four coded messages, each using a different type of code.
Penguin’s Classroom Classic provides a free guide. This guide covers Fish in a Tree as well as One for the Murphys, another hit book by Hunt. Great discussion topics will enhance your class conversations.
Have students compare and contrast book characters with these free printables. Selected characters have either health problems or learning differences. An answer key with links to Youtube book/movie trailers is included.
If you would like to try out the Fish in a Tree Book Unit before you buy it, this download contains free samples for Chapters 1-4.
Fish in a Tree Book Unit contains graphic organizers for an interactive notebook. Vocabulary, comprehension, writing, and skill practice are all included. In addition to the printables, many paperless options are provided. Activities for Google Slides include writing and skill practice. Boom Learning Decks make this an interactive unit.