Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Nate the Great

The Great Detective

 Nate the Great prides himself on his ability to find things. When the phone rings during his pancake breakfast, he hopes he will be asked to find dismonds or pearls, but it's only Annie who needs help finding a painting she made of her dog. Nate dives into the case, getting all the facts he needs not only to find the painting but to find Super Hex the cat too. Learn about Nate the Great, and his detective skills, in the first of the series, Nate the Great, by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat.

Reading Level: Fountas and Pinnell: K

Since I just found out I will be teaching second grade, please bare with me while I get up to date on some books closer to second grade level for the time being :)

Teachers...here are some resources to help you teach Nate the Great in your class.

Web Resources:
  • Printables: Free Nate the Great printable activities.
  • Nate the Great, the Play: Here is a classroom guide if your class was lucky enough to go see Nate the Great on the state. It has pre and post show ideas and activities... but here's an even better idea, put on a reader's theater version of Nate the Great and include the pre and post show activities!
  • Graphic Organizer: A mystery graphic organizer from Read Write Think.

Vocabulary: With this book being so short, the only word I felt would be useful if pretaught was: detective

Before Reading: Nate is a detective. What do you know about detectives? Have you ever had to be a detective? Write a journal entry about a time when you were a detective (had to find something) and share it with a friend.

 During Reading: Journal entry: who do you think took the painting? Where do you think Nate will find it?

After Reading: How would you feel if you were Annie and your brother took your painting and painted over it?
What color would the monster have been if Annie's brother had blue paint instead of red?
In groups of 2 have one partner create a drawing or painting and have the other partner make it into something else.

Sharmat, M. W. (1972). Nate the Great. New York: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan.

Happy Reading (& Running) =)

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