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From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

By Barbara Badillo

4th grade

TEKS: (6) Reading/Comprehension of Literary Text/Fiction. Students understand, make inferences and draw conclusions about the structure and elements of fiction and provide evidence from text to support their understanding. Students are expected to: (A) sequence and summarize the plot's main events and explain their influence on future events; (B) describe the interaction of characters including their relationships and the changes they undergo.

Objective: The student will be able to summarize the sequence and characters in the story.

C Layer- Each activity is worth 10 points each. Choose 5 activities to complete from this section for 50 points.

·        Summarize each chapter in your journal

·        Make a timeline of the story

·        Listen to the first three chapters on tape and write down 6 interesting facts you learned

·        Make a puppet of your favorite character

·        Complete a vocabulary worksheet for every chapter

·        Write down 10 quotes from Mrs. Frankweiler from the book

·        Make your own piece of art using clay

·        On the computer go on a virtual tour of a museum and write down five interesting things you see

·        Draw a cartoon strip of  Claudia and Jamie riding on the bus with word bubbles

·        Complete a word search and crossword puzzle

·        Look at the map on pages 48-49  list all the exhibits you see

·        Watch a clip from the movie (without audio)on the computer and describe what is going on

·        Make a diorama of your favorite scene

·        Fill out an index card with information you learned on each character

·        Complete a cause and effect worksheet

·        Make a map of your local museum

·        Draw your own secret hideaway

·        Arrange the pictures in order from the beginning to the end of the story and glue them on construction paper


B Layer- Each activity is worth 20 points each. Choose 1 activity to complete from this section.

·        Compile a list of similarities between a local museum and the museum in the story

·        Conduct a research on Life in 1967 and then write a one-page paper on your findings including information on clothes, music, movies, food, cars, and famous people.

·        Prepare a one-page summary of a sequel to the story



A Layer- Each activity is worth 30 points each. Choose 1 activity to complete from this section.

·        Compose a slide show explaining your views on the children from Central America coming to the U.S.A. to “hideaway”.

·        Design a 3-D model of your ideal hideaway place for all the children coming to the U.S.A.

Grading Scale:

       90-100= A

         80-89= B

         70-79= C

         60-69= D

50 or below= F

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