This Little House on the Prairie novel unit helps students enjoy literature and practice important skills with activities that are engaging and approachable. Book study resources focus on core comprehension skills and strategies using graphic organizers and fun writing prompts. They also target text-based vocabulary in a way that helps readers master these new words.
This Little House on the Prairie novel unit is great for grades 3-5 and is ideal for engaging reluctant readers with this historical fiction novel. It doesn't overwhelm readers like many traditional novel units with lists of chapter questions. Instead, this Little House on the Prairie book study takes a deeper approach to understanding literature.
Standards-aligned & perfect for novel studies, small group book clubs or lit circles, independent reading, or as a way to monitor and teach during read aloud.
Your download includes:
✔ Daily comprehension prompts in 2 formats for differentiation
Foldable trifold brochures
Cut & paste journal prompts for interactive notebooks
✔ Weekly word of the day flip books for text-based vocabulary
✔ Easy-to-follow directions for printing & prep
✔ Instructional planning guide
✔ Answer keys
1) Student comprehension practice (up to 20 instructional days)
Each day's work focuses on a single standards-based comprehension skill
Short, written responses include opportunities to apply thinking to text
Designed with reluctant and struggling learners in mind
Built-in graphic organizers to support skill acquisition
Approachable questions help make connections & start conversations
No boring multiple-choice or fill-in-the-blank questions!
Available in both printable trifolds and reading journal prompts
2) Approachable practice with key reading standards and skills including:
Generating amain idea andsummaryof key events
Text analysisfrom the perspective of self & characters
Identification ofcause and effectrelationship
Makinginferences and drawing conclusionsbased on text clues
How Novel Units from Differentiated Teaching Work...
▸ Teachers can introduce the day's vocabulary word & discuss before reading.
▸ Students complete just one section of the trifold or a single Google Slide each day.
▸ Daily work focuses on target skills needed for success in reading vs. plot recall.
▸ The low-pressure format provides novelty & encourages student engagement
▸ Less overwhelming to reluctant readers and writers
▸ Requires deep analysis and application of text-based knowledge
▸ Encourages discussion about skills & strategies
Here's why teachers & homeschool families love these novel units...
♥We used these for a whole-class novel study. Pre-printed brochures fully encompassed ELA skills for the novel. This is an extremely easy, but very rich set of activities for understanding and enriching student's ELA skills. I will be using this for our first novel study again in class this fall. I highly recommend this!
♥This has helped me so much in teaching my students this year. Other resources overwhelm students with too much vocabulary and literal comprehension questions but these slides give students one vocabulary word for each chapter and a grade-level higher-order comprehension skill to practice.
- Kristin P.
♥This does a really good job of focusing on vocab and using context clues, practicing quoting from the text, and target skills. I really liked the way it focused on one skill for every two chapters, which made things really manageable for my students.
- Beth A.
★ Super easy to use. Guided our LHP reading without being an overwhelming amount of work. We did LHP at the end of the year so this incorporated many things that we had already learned and was a great review of those skills. Students loved their "brochures".
- Jacqueline S.
★ We have been using these guides all year for our homeschool literature studies. I like how easy they are to prepare for each book and use such a wide variety of reading skills as well as vocabulary. Although my son is a high reader, he does become easily overwhelmed writing so these smaller spaces make him less anxious about the workload.