Number the Stars Activity Bundle - Creative Activities & Assignments Lois Lowry

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Number the Stars Activity Bundle - Creative Activities and Assignments includes 11 fun and engaging activities and assignments to help students respond to Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. Help your students form connections and analyze the novel with these high-interest activities and assignments. The activities were created to allow students to form text connections, analyze characters, understand the plot, and immerse themselves in the text.

Included in the Number the Stars Activity Bundle:

Chapters 1-3

➡️ Number the Stars Hashtag Posters & Assignment: This Number The Stars Hashtag of the Week/Day" poster display includes inspiring quotes from the novel with hashtags that share which character in the novel said the quote. The quotes are carefully selected to be thought-provoking and can be used as a discussion prompt. Introduce this during this chapter set and use it throughout the unit!

➡️ Number the Stars King Christian X Nonfiction Article & Assignment: In the text, Annmarie shares memories of her sister's stories about King Christian X and his role during the Nazi occupation. Help your students build background knowledge and context around this by reading an article about the king and answering comprehension and text connection questions.

Chapters 4-6

➡️ Number the Stars Jewish New Year Web Quest: In chapter 6 of Lois Lowry's novel, Number The Stars, we learn that Ellen's family will soon be celebrating the Jewish New Year. The novel does not provide much detail about the celebrations, but the reader knows it is very important to the Rosens. After reading this chapter, you can have students do some independent online research to understand the customs and traditions of the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah) with this ready-to-use web quest.

Chapters 7-9

➡️ Number the Stars Constellation Connections Artistic Activity: In these chapters of Number the Stars, Peter reads about the Lord "who numbered the stars one by one." In this creative task, connect the stars on the grid to craft a visual inspired by any theme, symbol, or moment from the novel and color it in. On the back, they will provide a brief paragraph explaining the inspiration behind your visual creation and its connection to the novel's broader themes.

➡️ Number the Stars Two Truths and a Lie Activity: In these chapters, Henrik lies to Annemarie about Aunt Birte. She learns an important lesson about bravery and also decides to withhold information from Ellen to protect her. Students will explore the theme of lying by answering questions about the text and playing a game of two truths and a lie.

Chapters 10-12

➡️ Number the Stars Character Analysis Diary Entry: The novel reveals a great deal about Annemarie, but some of the other characters' thoughts, feelings, and opinions are not examined in detail. Have students use this assignment to put either Peter, Henrik, Mrs. Rosen, or Ellen's thoughts and feelings into writing with a diary entry from the character's perspective. This assignment is useful for enabling students to put themselves in a character's shoes and make personal connections.

Chapters 13-15

➡️ Number the Stars and Little Red Riding Hood Comparison: After reading chapter 14 of Lois Lowry's novel, Number The Stars, have students examine the similarities and differences between the plot, characters, conflict, setting, and themes compared to Little Red Riding Hood. This is an excellent opportunity for students to practice making those all-important text-to-text connections!

➡️ Number the Stars Postcard in Code Activity: Students take on the perspective of Mrs. Johansen and write a postcard to Mr. Johansen back in Copenhagen. The postcard must be in code due to the Nazis monitoring the mail. This assignment requires higher-order thinking and challenges your students to be creative.

Chapters 16-17

➡️ Number the Stars Plot Diagram Assignment: Number the Stars plot diagram assignment includes a ready-to-use template for students to write what happens in the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution of Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. A detailed answer key is included.

➡️ Number the Stars The Free Danes Newspaper Writing: In Number The Stars, Peter brings the Johansens an illegal newspaper about the Resistance movement against the Nazis in Denmark. The reader doesn't know what exactly is in the newspaper, but after reading the novel, they can infer what might be included based on the events that happen at Uncle Henrik's house. Students will use what they know to develop the illegal Resistance newspaper, De Frie Danske (The Free Danes).

➡️ Number the Stars Final Creative Project Options: End your unit for Number the Stars by Lois Lowry with these high-interest final project ideas! Students can choose to write poetry, create a novel soundtrack, write an extra chapter, design a visual story, write diary entries, record a podcast, or create a history diagram.

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