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Here’s a great way to get your students to #Read #Nonfiction #Library Books!

Page 1 of a classroom worksheet to accompany a DIY craft project library book.

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This is only page 1 of the worksheet I’ve used in my classroom while teaching nonfiction reading to my students. It’s a fantastic group activity sheet. And here’s how the activity goes:

  • Bring a cart full of DIY and craft project books from the library into your classroom.
  • Pass out a different book to each student.
  • Divide students into groups of three to five students.
  • Have students work in groups to fill out the worksheet.

Now this is only page 1 of the worksheet. Sorry, but you’ll have to wait until next week to download the second page in the activity!

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Hobbit Topic #15


Okay, so you’ve read to page 170. You’re a little more than half way done. What comments have you recorded so far, online? Do a search for all the Hobbit journals, and within each Hobbit journal, search for your name. Once you’ve located all of your comments for Hobbit journals 1-14, find two that had interesting replies added by either your teacher or a classmate. Copy and paste these into your response for Hobbit Topic #15 to show that you’re browsing through old comments to learn all that you can from your classmates and your teacher.

online hobbit exchange

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What would an example journal entry look like? Here’s one for imaginary PeteStudent#24:

For “Hobbit Journal Topic #2” I wrote:

  1. Do hobbits ever wear shoes for, like, going to parties and stuff?
  2. How long can hobbits live?
  3. Where do hobbits live?

Esther Sparhawk answered my last question:

PeteStudent#24: Bilbo and many other hobbits live in underground houses, in a place called the “Shire”. It says so in the book.

Hobbit Topic #10

folktale lesson plans middle school

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In the folktale “The Three Little Pigs” repetition is used as a literary device when the Big, Bad Wolf says, “Little pig, little pig, let me in,” over and over again. For this journal entry, now that you’ve read to page 120 in The Hobbit, please comment on the following, numbering your responses:

  1. Name a folktale that uses repetition.
  2. Quote the words or describe the events that are repeated in that tale.
  3. What elements of The Hobbit remind you of folklore you’ve heard or read before?
  4. How is The Hobbit different from your example of folklore?

I know it’s difficult, but try not to repeat the same answers that others give. So I’m going to use “The Three Little Pigs” in the following example, therefore, you cannot use it in your response:


  1. “The Three Little Pigs” uses repetition.
  2. The Wolf knocks on each of three pigs’ doors and says, “Little pig, little pig, let me in,” in this fable.
  3. Tolkien’s The Hobbit uses wolves as antagonists (bad guys), and this reminds me of the fable, “The Three Little Pigs”.
  4. The Hobbit is different from “The Three Little Pigs” in that it has a clan of intelligent wolves who band together with goblins, forming a political war-like union, instead of just one wolf who’s hungry and wants to fill his tummy.

Now that I’ve used “The Three Little Pigs” please don’t use that example. Come up with your own. Need some ideas? Look inside a book of fairy tales or search for fairy tales on wikipedia. Here are some helpful links:

Note: at the bottom of these wikipedia articles (if you scroll down) you may find links to actual stories you could read, so your responses will be about a folktale that no one else has used in their comments.