Reading Comprehension Quizzes
Figurative Language Lessons to go with Holes
Activities to use with Holes
I've always thought I would introduce "Holes" by doing riddles on various holes. Examples: buttonholes, a hole in one, nostrils, "holesome/wholesome", moon craters, "pigeon-holed" -- you get the drift. You could introduce it with songs such as "There's a Hole in the Bucket, or "Whole lot of shakin' going on" or "He's Got the Whole World in his hands." It covers homophones in a fun way, and gets the kids thinking. It would depend upon the audience how involved or clever I'd want to get. I had a high school study hall brainstorming this for me, and they really got into it.
MJ Wentz, reading teacher
List of Homophones http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/writing/homofone.htm
|A Whole New World|
|He's Got the Whole World in His Hands|
|There's a Hole in the Bucket|
|Whole lot of shakin' going on|
|a hole in one|
|an ace in the hole|
|dig yourself into a hole|
|The hole closed in on him.|
|Shut the hole in your head.|
|down a rat hole|
|Look in every hole and corner.|
|Pry into every hole.|
|I can't believe he ate the whole thing.|
|the whole nine yards|
|making sense as a whole|
|fun for the whole family|
|whole person - whole child|
|a whole lot easier|
|the whole story|
In Chapter 10 Stanley found a fossilized skeleton of a fish. He thought it was just the type of thing that Mr. Pendanski was looking for and he would get out of digging for the remainder of the day. Unfortunately, this was not what Mr. Pendanski was looking for.
Try making you own fossil. Add a thin layer of clay to the bottom of an empty meat tray. Press objects such as shells, bones, etc. Fill the imprints with plaster of Paris. Allow this to dry overnight. Remove the fossils carefully.
There didn't seem to be any organization to where The Warden had the boys dig. Would she find what she was looking for if there had been a mapped out plan? The following link goes to a follow-up activity that could easily be completed at this point in the book. http://voyager.snc.edu/education/s2000middle/holli-michelle/holes/lesson.html
Character Cards http://www.collaborativelearning.org/holes.pdf
Spiced Peaches -
Kate Barlow is famous for her spiced peaches. She even gives them to Sam in exchange for the work he does at the school house. Try making something using spiced peaches.
Dessert Recipes: Spiced Peaches http://www.alanskitchen.com/DESSERTS/spiced_peaches.htm
Prejudice and Racism -
How have attitudes changed since 1890 when Sam. the Onion Man, kissed Kate Barlow?
Are Zero's troubles at camp a reflection of prejudice?
Kate Barlow was killed by a yellow spotted lizard. Does such a lizard really exist? Check the source below to see for yourself.
Nearctica - Natural History - Checklist of the North American Lizards http://www.nearctica.com/nathist/reptile/lizlist.htm
Compare Stanley to Zero
Venn Diagram Generator http://teachers.teach-nology.com/web_tools/graphic_org/venn_diagrams/
Combine cream cheese and cream in Crock Pot. Cover and heat until cheese is melted, 30 to 60 minutes. Add remaining ingredients. Cover and heat 30 minutes. Serve with raw vegetables, crackers, or bread pieces.