Here are 5 different activities that we did through chapter 7-8 of Tumba by Mira Canion. Previous posts include introducing the novel, Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4, Chapter 5 & Chapter 6. These activities could be used with any story or novel.
¿Quien lo dijo? (who said it) – Ch 7
After reading the chapter together, students were given a list of quotes and picked from the book character to decide “who said it?” (You could also add quote that the character might possibly say).
As a twist, I asked for character actors to stand up front. When I said a quote, the class told which character to step forward. Adding a wig, always spices things up, since it is the freshman boys who ALWAYS want to perform.
|Who said it?|
5 Big Ideas (Ch7)
- Each table was give a piece of paper and each person a different colored marker, where they wrote the most important events from chapter 7 to them. As a table they then voted on the key event, which a volunteer added to the board. As a class, we then voted on which event they thought was most important to the plot.
Categories (Pre Ch 8)
I originally got the idea from Martina Bex here for this activity. Basically you type up words from a chapter, cut them apart and have students sort them into whatever creative categories they would like. I asked that they have at least 5 categories, 3 words minimum, and no “other/random” category. The most common was actions, emotions, things, places, people, but there were some creative options such as things you can not see (a spirit, a solution). It is a great way to have students figure out and use words from a chapter either as an introduction, or a review.
Students worked with partner to complete the following tasks at their own pace:
- Sort words into catagories
- Write sentences using some of the words in context
- Challenge: Longest Sentence Competition (if time) – Use the words to make the longest sentence possible, that also makes sense 🙂 Some of my fast workers love a competition and chance to beat each other. I even had one group stay after to beat the current champion!
|Longest Sentence Challenge|
Audio Book with silent actors (Ch 8)
After reading the chapter I asked for actors to portray the dialogue along with the audio book. This class loves having actors show what is going on while reading. This twist lead to surprising focus, with everyone’s eyes glued on the entertainment.
|Looking at their “map” while acting out the chapter|
Musical Chair Retell (Review Ch1-8)
I took the great idea from Carrie Toth here to review what has happened in the book so far with a language class version of musical chairs.
- Set chairs in a circle, each with a blank piece of lined paper.
- Students start writing to retell the story. (about 1-2 minutes depending on the group)
- When the music starts they walk/dance around in a circle inside the chairs.
- When the music stops they read what is on this paper, and continue where the last person left off.
- This continues a couple times for a total of about 15 minutes.
|dancing during musical chair retell|
What are your favorite activities to do with a novel?