Hi teacher friends,
Some of my favorite memories in elementary school were centered around reading novels in the classroom! I’ll always remember making a glittery web with glue and black paper while reading Charlotte’s Web in third grade. (I also remember our teacher scolding us for the giant glittery mess on the carpet.)
Creative projects and activities have the ability to bring novels to life. While choosing a novel unit, it is obviously important to keep your students’ reading levels and comprehension skills in mind. That is why interactive notebooks and similar resources are a great way to differentiate their learning and allow them to work at their own pace.
Here are some of my favorite activities, resources, and ideas to utilize in the classroom while studying novel units!
Host a Book Themed Party!
After the whole class finishes a novel, host a themed party where students can create props, costumes, classroom decorations, or even bring in yummy snacks that are related to the book.
Some of my favorite book themed party ideas include:
Butter Beer for Harry Potter (2 liter cream soda, 2 tablespoons butter extract – for cream top- 1 7oz container of marshmallow creme, 1 cup whipping cream – add all items together in an electric mixer and combine until smooth.)
Dirt & Worms for Holes (chocolate mousse cups with oreo crumbs and gummy worms)
Onion Dip for Holes
Creating Egyptian Masks for The Egypt Game
A Day of Random Acts of Kindness – Wonder
Making Yarn Dolls – Esperanza Rising
Making Jamaica Flower Punch – Esperanza Rising
Book Tasting Event + Menu / Brochure Freebie!
Interactive Notebook Novel Studies
I love having interactive notebooks for every subject. Each of my interactive notebooks contain Character Cards that fit inside a card pocket, Writing Warm-ups for Each Chapter, Vocabulary Cutouts, Themes Foldables, Chapter Quizzes, a Final Exam, a Fun Board Game (to help study for exam!) Novel Quote Posters, Reading Logs, Notebook Cover, Interactive Reading Notebook Templates, and SO much more! Here are some more photos of the interactive notebooks (board game included)…
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