What a terrific book! My students really enjoyed reading Bridge to Terabithia earlier this year. Below you will find a couple anchor charts I created for my unit study along with a few sample constructive response questions from my book unit. I hope you enjoy these samples. At the bottom of this page, you can follow the link to find the full unit on Teachers Pay Teachers.
Teaching Ideas for Bridge to Terabithia
#1 ~ Timeline of Jess and Leslie’s Friendship
You may wish to have students complete the anchor chart by writing the details on sticky notes. This way the anchor chart may be used year after year.Continue Reading
Maniac Magee is a great unit for teaching both theme and character change. Jeffrey Magee, later nicknamed Maniac, goes to live with Aunt Dot and Uncle Dan after his parents die in a trolley accident. After years of living with his aunt and uncle, who hate each other, Jeffrey decides he has had enough. Jeffrey simply runs away.
After a year of running, Jeffrey ends up in a fictional town called Two Mills. In this town, Hector Street divides the town between the East Side where the African Americans live and West side where the White population lives. Continue Reading
From the first line of the book . . . “It was a dark and stormy night,” until the last line. . . “But they never learned what it was that Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which had to do, for there was a gust of wind, and they were gone,” A Wrinkle in Time is an exciting story.
In this book three children, Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin, go on a rescue mission to save Meg and Charles Wallace’s father from the Darkness that has trapped him. The children are helped by three witches, Mrs. Who, Mrs. Whatist, and Mrs. Which who provide gentle advice through thoughtful quotes:Continue Reading
Charlie Bucket comes from a poor family where having seconds of a watered down soup on Sundays is a real treat. After finding a dollar lying in the street, Charlie buys a Wonka’s Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight and finds the golden ticket that allows him to tour Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. Charlie brings along Grandpa Joe for the adventure. The two are amazed at all the marvels in chocolate factory. Read Roald Dahl’s delightful book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to learn of Charlie’s adventures on this tour.
Accused of a crime he did not commit, Stanley Yelnats is sentenced to Camp Green Lake for rehabilitation. Almost immediately, Stanley realizes digging a large hole each day is not just punishment. The Warden is looking for something special.Continue Reading
I first read the book Wonder while on vacation at the beach. I just couldn’t put the book down, so I ended up spending a good bit of the day sitting under an umbrella reading. Through laughter and tears, I followed Auggie through his fifth grade year. My first impression was that Palacio was a fantastic writer. Her story telling was spot on. I knew right away that I would read this book with my students the upcoming year. The lessons taught . . . . acceptance, anti-bullying, friendship, being kind . . . . are so valuable. All students need to experience them through a good book.
Once I began creating a unit for the book, I began to love the book Wonder in new ways. The author brilliantly included so many teachable moments. Continue Reading