MIKE FINK activities and lesson plan ideas
This MIKE FINK Activities and Interactive Read Aloud Resource Book Companion Packet includes lesson plans, reading comprehension questions, vocabulary, grammar, phonics, writing and word study activities with both printable and digital student pages.
Following an interactive read aloud of the picture book, MIKE FINK by Steven Kellogg, choose from the included collection of either printable activities or go paperless and use the digital activities to practice standards-based skills. We've even included editable teaching slides themed to match the book!
THIS READING UNIT FOCUSES ON USING THE MENTOR TEXT TO TEACH:
☐ ANALYZING CHARACTER
☐ COMPARING AND CONTRASTING
☐ IDENTIFYING THEME | MESSAGE | MORAL
☐ MAKING PREDICTIONS
◼️GRAMMAR & LANGUAGE CONCEPTS
☐ PROPER NOUNS
☐ BASE WORDS
◼️SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING TOPICS
SUMMARY OF THE MENTOR TEXT:
Steven Kellogg’s tall tale, Mike Fink, has themes of perseverance, goal setting, and individuality. From the moment Mike Fink was born, it was clear he was a bit different. He did not like being indoors; instead, he always wanted to be outside. In fact, he ran away when he was only two days old! His mother moved their family out to the frontier so Mike would be able to spend more time outside. From an early age, Mike dreamed of being a keelboatman.
The first time Mike met a keelboatman, he was challenged to a wrestling match to see if he was strong enough. The crew member, Jack Carpenter, sent Mike flying into the mountains. Knowing he was not strong enough yet, Mike spent his time building strength by wrestling grizzly bears. Finally, Mike was ready for a rematch with Jack, and this time he won.
Soon after starting work on the boat, the crew was so impressed with Mike they made him captain. Mike loved the adventurous life of the keelboatman until the steamboats started taking over. One day, Mike and his crew engaged in a battle against Captain Blathersby’s steamboat. Mike came out triumphant after the steamboat exploded. Captain Blathersby was one of the few survivors. Despite their rivalry, Mike sent his crew to rescue Blathersby only to challenge him to a round of wrestling!
The legend of Mike Fink lived on as he was known as King of the Keelboatmen.
THIS COLLECTION OF ACTIVITIES and LESSON IDEAS INCLUDES:
➜ Comprehension Questions categorized by reading strategy; text-dependent
➜ Social Emotional Learning guidance lesson ideas & discussion topics based on the story
➜ Vocabulary Activities with kid-friendly definitions
➜ Grammar Topics selected to align with the text
➜ Focus Sentences use the book & author's craft as a mentor text to improve writing
➜ Lesson Planner summary, background info and planning space
➜ Story Mapping Printable identify character, setting, problem and solution
➜ Making Words Activity Page use any word from the book
➜ Focus Sentence copy work, identifying elements of the sentence, rewriting)
➜ Design a New Book Cover demonstrate understanding of the text by creating an illustration
➜ Predicting Activity primary-ruled and wider-ruled versions
➜ Summarizing Somebody → Wanted → But → Then → Finally
➜ Comparing and Contrasting using a Venn Diagram
➜ Cause and Effect analyze how events affect one another
➜ Visualization illustrate visualizations from the story and support thinking with text-based evidence
➜ Making Connections identify text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world connections
➜ Thematic Writing Paper Use with the Writing Prompts... Makes a Great Bulletin Board
➜ 2 Sequencing Activities First → Next → Then → Last and Beginning → Middle → End
➜ 2 Vocabulary Activities Vocabulary Booklet and Word Mapping
➜ 2 Character Trait Activities listing traits and supporting traits with text-based evidence
➜ 30 Text-Based Writing Prompts 3 prompts for each of the following types of writing:
- persuasive / opinion
- expository / informative
- creative / story writing
- procedure / how-to
- list making
- letter / postcard writing
- book reviews
INCLUDED DIGITAL ACTIVITIES:
➜ 5 Teaching Slides to use for instruction (add questions, vocabulary, instructions, etc)
➜ 15 Student Pages for use in Google™️ Classroom or as editable files to create customized printables