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Tua and the Elephant

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Tua and the Elephant by R. P. Harris offers motivating curriculum connections with enrichment and extension for your reading of this realistic fiction set in Thailand. The theme of animal abuse, courage, perseverance, and friendship will create important understandings of the character traits, empathy and responsibility. The unit facilitates collaboration, problem solving, and skill building. It includes 49 pages of activities PLUS a 50-page interactive Jeopardy-type game. The activities are perfect for individual, paired, group, or whole class study. This Kids Wings unit ignites mastery learning and provides lesson planning with handouts or projection on your electronic board.

This Kids Wings Literature Guide includes:

  • Pre-reading Discussion Cards
  • An Expert in Class: Thai Vocabulary
  • Introducing the Story: Readers' Theater
  • English Vocabulary
  • Making Connections: A Pre- and Post-Reading Chapter Questions
  • Literary Devices: Tri-fold Figurative Language Activity
  • Comprehension Check-ups in Groups of Chapters
  • Dig Deeper! Talk About It!
  • Write About It! Visualizing the Text--Illustrate Your Answer
  • Feeding the Elephant
  • A Logic Puzzle
  • Crossword Puzzle: Across the Vocabulary, Chapters 1-16
  • All Thai-ed Up!
  • Exploring the Thai Language!
  • Character Bio-Poems
  • Where in the World is Southeast Asia?
  • Map Activities: Where in the World is Thailand?
  • Thai Culture and Questions
  • Asian Elephants vs. African Elephants
  • Elephant Biographies
  • Elephant Haven Brochure
  • Comparing Tua and the Elephant with The One and Only Ivan
  • Character Letters?
  • A Novel Comparison
  • Comparing and Contrasting Two Books
  • Five in a Row Vocabulary Game; The Courageous, The Sinister, and The Elephant: Crossword Puzzle
  • Answers
  • PLUS a 50-Page Jeopardy-type game!


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