NUMBER THE STARS UNIT PLAN
This Number The Stars unit plan has everything you will need to teach Lois Lowry's best-selling novel. With over 220 pages/slides of eye-catching Powerpoint presentations, printable assignments, questions, vocabulary, video journals and fun class activities, you will have everything you need!
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CLASSROOM SET UP MATERIALS
NUMBER THE STARS HASHTAG OF THE WEEK
→ Use this classroom interactive bulletin board display to brighten up your classroom while you read Number The Stars. Create a "Number The Stars Hashtag of The Week/Day" board that includes inspiring quotes from the novel. The hashtag (#) will tell your students which character said the quote.
NUMBER THE STARS INTRODUCTION:
→ The presentation includes pre-reading discussion, a short interactive class activity, an author biography, a listening quick check, a link to a video (YouTube required), and background information on the novel.
NUMBER THE STARS HISTORICAL CONTEXT:
→ The presentation includes historical background information to put the novel in context for your students. The presentation provides a brief overview of the important events of World War II, The Holocaust, as well as the German occupation in Denmark. The presentation is editable, so it can easily be modified to meet your students' maturity level.
CHAPTER SUMMARY CARDS:
→ Use these chapter summary cards as both a reference and as a resource to help your students navigate through Number The Stars. Included in your purchase are 17 printable summary cards, one for each chapter in the novel. Simply print, cut, and you have a resource available that can be used by any student in the class.
READING QUIZZES WITH ANSWER KEYS:
→ These 6 reading quizzes include multiple choice questions which demonstrate student understanding of the novel. Also included on each quiz are 2 quotes from Number The Stars which show plot or character development. Students are required to explain what is happening at this particular part of the plot and what characters are involved. A detailed answer key is included for each!
VOCABULARY IN CONTEXT RESOURCES:
→ Have students practice determining the meaning of words by using context. Included is a Powerpoint presentation to teach students how to determine the meaning of words in context, a Number The Stars vocabulary booklet for students with quotes from the novel that use challenging vocabulary, and a presentation to go over each of the vocabulary words with synonyms/definitions for students to easily understand the new terms
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS:
→ Have your students demonstrate their reading comprehension of Number The Stars with this ready-to-use resource! Included is a student handout with reading questions– A ready-to-print set of reading questions that include both basic comprehension questions and ‘Digging Deeper” questions. A presentation is also included for easy review!
→ Review the most important aspects of the novel with this 27 slide Powerpoint presentation. The notes discuss some of the most important aspects organized by chapter sections in the novel. The notes address characterization, theme, conflict, and more! Your students will have a deeper understanding of Number The Stars after you use this resource!
→ Included is a Powerpoint with links to 6 videos which connect to each part of Number The Stars. Please note that the videos are not about the novel specifically, but connect to something that happens in the chapters in either content or theme. This allows students to consider how the content or themes from the novel connect to the world today. YouTube is required.
IN CLASS ACTIVITIES:
CHAPTERS 1 - 3: SETTING TOUR GUIDE Students write a tour guide script for Copenhagen during the Nazi occupation of Denmark.
CHAPTERS 4 - 6: JEWISH NEW YEAR WEB QUEST Students do online research to learn about that Jewish New Year that is celebrated by the Rosens in the novel.
CHAPTERS 7 - 9: TWO TRUTHS, ONE LIE Students empathize with Annemarie with this activity where they have to lie to their classmates.
CHAPTERS 10 - 12: ROLE PLAY ACTIVITY Students work in groups to practice a role play of the events that take place at Great-aunt Birte’s funeral.
CHAPTERS 13 - 15: POST CARD IN CODE Students write a post-card to Mr. Johansen using their own code to conceal the information from the Nazis.
CHAPTER 13 - 15: LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD COMPARISON Students compare the plot, conflict, setting, and characters of Number The Stars to Little Red Riding Hood.
CHAPTERS 16 -17: STAR OF DAVID CRAFT Students cut out, color, and assemble a Star of David that requires them to reflect on the novel.
POST READING ASSIGNMENTS & FINAL CREATIVE PROJECT:
→ This resource includes two figurative language labeling worksheets with examples from Number The Stars. Students read the examples and determine what figurative language is being used.
THE FREE DANES: WRITING AN ILLEGAL NEWSPAPER
→ Have your students develop their writing and inference skills with this creative assignment for Number The Stars by Lois Lowry where they will become journalists for the illegal Resistance newspaper, De Frie Danske (The Free Danes).
CHARACTER DIARY ENTRY:
→ Have students use this worksheet assignment to put either Peter, Henrik, Mrs. Rosen, or Ellen's thoughts and feelings into writing with a diary entry from his/her perspective. Also included is a poster so you can easily display student work on a bulletin in your class or hallway.
PLOT DIAGRAM ASSIGNMENT:
→ Use this assignment as a way for students to review the plot line of the novel. Included in your purchase is a blank student version of the plot diagram for them to fill out, as well as a detailed teacher copy/answer key.
FINAL CREATIVE PROJECT:
Students have a choice of 7 different creative projects to complete
→ Write a book of poetry.
→ Create a soundtrack for the novel.
→ Write an extra chapter.
→ Create a comic strip.
→ Write diary entries from the perspective of a character.
→ Write an original monologue as a secondary character.
→ Turn the novel into a movie.
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