Nothing excites me more than finding a book. This summer, while in a quest to find engaging chapter books for my students I came upon the book The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo. From cover to cover this book is a great story with so many teachable moments - with lessons on perseverance, friendship and family just to name a few. I read it with my third grade daughter and she loved it! Even in the summer months she was asking me if she could continue reading. This is what I love...watching kids truly LOVE reading. For this reason, I have made it a point to not end any of my book units found on my Teachers Pay Teachers store with any big test. Instead, each book unit ends with a variety of end of unit projects and activities that allow teachers to choose what they like best, or differentiate and let students choose how they would like to show their learning. For this particular book unit there are 4 different options available for the end of the story - check out the preview to get an idea for what you will see!
In this story a boy, Rob, who has struggled with friendships and sadness after the loss of his mother is bullied and misunderstood everywhere he goes. He keeps himself shut off from the world as he follows his fathers advice to not show any emotion and keep your emotional "suitcase shut." A new student in school entices his curiosity and seems to understand him more than most as she is also struggling with family and friendships. The story progresses and these characters forge a secret friendship before Rob finds a caged tiger. Students will find many parallels between this caged animal and the main characters. From this point the story truly blooms as the friends begin to learn much more about each other and themselves as they decide what to do about the tiger.
I do not want to ruin too much of the story as it really is a great one (and the end definitely has a twist). All I can say is that boys and girls alike will love this story. I loved it so much I decided to create a book study for this. This book study includes a pacing guide, comprehension questions and printables for all 30 chapters, weekly focus skill activities (cause/effect, sequencing and character traits), weekly vocabulary study and end of unit projects. Everything needed to start this story with your class right away!
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Tiger Rising Unit