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Wonder Struck
by Brian Selznick

A Texas Bluebonnet Award NomineeSM

What could possibly link the life of a famous New York actress's daughter in 1927 with the life of a boy living on the shores of Gunflint Lake, Minnesota, in 1977?

Their two stories come to life in totally different formats:
her story, drawn in pictures and
his story, written in words,
both alternating through Brian Selznick's unique historical fiction mystery, Wonder Struck in 2012.

Both kids wish for something they don't have.
The girl wishes for the love of her mother who has deserted her for her acting career.
The boy longs to find a father he has never known.
Both kids run away to seek a parent who is out of their reach.
Both kids have similar handicaps.
Both kids love museums.
Neither knows the other exists.

Ben's story begins in Minnesota where an accident has changed his life forever. It has robbed him of a beloved mother but has offered clues to finding a father he never had. In finding the clues, another accident steals one of his most important possessions. What will happen when he leaves the hospital without it?

Rose's story begins in a three-story house on the banks of the Hudson River, overlooking New York City. Here, she is being held captive by someone who should care deeply for her. She often slips out of her house, down to the river, and releases notes that scream for help, notes folded as boats. What will happen when she makes her way to New York City?

The Kids' Wings literature guide invites group discussion, problem solving, research, writing, skill building, creating museums, and a culminating interactive Jeopardy-type game. Teachers who want students to use fun, exciting, well-written literature in a story about museums, family, and history to entice kids to love reading and develop skills as a bonus will want make this book and the Kids Wings activity guide part of their classroom libraries.

Research Links
Wonder Struck by Brian Selznick
An Interview with the Author

Gunflint Lodge
Exploring Gunflint Trail

Windows on Nature:
The Great Habitat Dioramas of the American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History
American Museum of Natural History on YouTube
Ology for Kids
Wikipedia American Museum of Natural History
Starry Night Interactive
New York City Blackout of 1977

National Museum of American History in Washington, DC
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC
The Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia

Digital Museum Boxes (pay site)

A Kids Wings unit, perfect for lesson planning and handouts or projection on your SmartBoard for Wonder Struck by Brian Selznick is now available for instant download!

This Kids Wings Activity Guide Contains:
Pre-reading Discussion Cards;
Anticipation Guide;
Two-Page Readers’ Theater Introduction;
Where in the World is New York?
Get Ready! Get Set! Go! Preparing your Dialectical Journal;
Problems, Choices, and Consequences, pages 1-2;
Vocabulary List;
Character Studies for Ben and Rose;
Analyzing Quotes, Pages 1 and 2;
Ben's Story, Pages 14-15, Multiple Choice;
Rose's Story, Summarization of Pages 28-67, Multiple Choice;
Visualizaing Ben's Story, Pages 85-176, Drawing;
Creating My Own Museum Box;
Rose's Story, Summarization of Pages 70-173, Multiple Choice;
Rose's Story, Summarization of Pages 178-225, Multiple Choice;
Crossword Puzzle, Two Separate Lives, Part 1;
Visualizaing Ben's Story, Pages 194-367, Drawing;
Rose's Story, Writing a Summary, Pages 228-241 and 244-263;
Surprises in the Museum, Pages 381-487;
Crossword Puzzle, Museum Meetings, Part 2;
The Research Song to the tune of "Sixteen Tons";
Research: Was Lillian Mayhew a Real Person?
Problem Solving, Pages 448-487;
Kincade's Book Store, Pages 490-547;
Evaluation of Elaine Wilson's Characteristics;
Discussion and Writing Questions, Pages 547-578;
Discussion and Writing Questions, Pages 579-617;
The New York City Blackout of 1977;
Answer Pages;
Plus, a BONUS Interactive Jeopardy-type Game

Pages in the Kids Wings Wonder Struck Activity Guide:

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The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity by Mac Barnett
Bella at Midnight by Diane Stanley
The Case of the Lost Boy by Dori Hillsted Butler--Easy Chapter Book
The Big House by Carolyn Coman
Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The Ghost of Fossil Glen by Cynthia DeFelice
The Gollywhopper Games by Jody Feldman
The Gorillas of Gill Park by Amy Gordon
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
The Last Treasure by Janet S. Anderson

Masterpiece by Eloise Broach
My Chimp Friday, The Nana Banana Chronicles by Hester Mundis
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
The Mysterious Matter of I.M. Fine by Diane Stanley
The Sherlock Files: The 100-Year Old Mystery by Tracy Barrett
Who Stole Halloween? by Martha Freeman

Way Down Deep by Ruth White
The Magic Half by Annie Barrows
Atherton, The House of Power
by Patrick Carman

Other Literary Connections
That Involve Solving Puzzles:

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett

Kids Wings Unit as a download and in the Light in the Darkness
Surviving Antarctica by Andrea White

Kids Wings Unit in Forever Friendships
The Mysterious Matter of I. M. Fine by Diane Stanle
Kids Wings Unit in Defeating Giants

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