Guides and Activities for Award-winning Literature
Books give kids wings!

Okay for Now

Add to Cart:


This 54-page Kids' Wings unit for Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt will enrich and extend your reading of this terrific story set in 1968 during the Vietnam War and the Apollo 11 Space walk. An 8th grader with a troubled family including an abusive father struggles with a difficult move, but finds strength in the paintings of John James Audubon and a devoted mentor. It is perfect for paired, group, or whole class study. 

The Activity Guide Contains: 

  • Pre-Reading Discussion Cards;
  • Map Study;
  • Readers’ Theater Introduction;
  • Preparing Your Intellectual Tools: Dialectical Journals;
  • Vocabulary by Chapters with Tic Tac Toe Games and Vocabulary Posters; 
  • Making Connections: Before Reading Quick Writes and Predict/Read/Confirm Chapter Questions;
  • Character Studies;
  • Crossword Puzzle;
  • Become a Character;
  • Table for comparisons of birds in Audubon's Birds of America;
  • Activities for Visualizing the Chapters through Drawing;
  • Multiple Choice Comprehension pages;
  • The Research Song;
  • Research Projects on The Moon Landing, Vietnam War, Audubon, and more;
  • Teacher Report Card;
  • Map Study--Vietnam;
  • Revisiting the Story Puzzle;
  • Comparing Okay for Now and The Wednesday Wars;
  • Writing Prompts;
  • Answer Keys; 
  • Plus, an interactive Jeopardy-type game!


Copyright © 2024 Kids Wings