THE GREAT FUZZ FRENZY activities and lesson plan ideas
Save yourself time and engage your students with these The Great Fuzz Frenzy activities. This jam-packed book companion is quick and easy to use - Just print and go!
Read on to learn more about all that is included in this standards-based interactive read aloud packet based on the children’s book, The Great Fuzz Frenzy by Janet Stevens.
TO SAVE YOU TIME, WE'VE DONE ALL OF THE WORK FOR YOU!
- We chose vocabulary words & kid-friendly definitions.
- We selected mentor sentences & specific grammar skills for each.
- We wrote 30 book-based writing prompts (that cover 10 genres of writing).
- We identified an SEL focus / character education topic based on events in the story.
- We constructed strategy-based reading comprehension questions and created no-prep, print-and-go reader response worksheets.
YOU ONLY NEED TO DO 3 QUICK & EASY STEPS:
STEP 1: PLAN
Simply customize your The Great Fuzz Frenzy lesson plans using the ideas in the teaching guide and choose from the 15 standards-based activities.
STEP 2: PREP
Prep can be as simple as printing the activity pages (or assigning the included digital version) and finding a free video of the book being read aloud online.
OPTIONAL: If you want to dive deeper into a book study, you’ll find our teaching ideas and slides make it easy to create mini-lessons, anchor charts, and slideshows.
STEP 3: TEACH
Engage your students with an interactive read aloud by reading or streaming the picture book. Practice reading comprehension strategies with text-based discussion questions. We even wrote the The Great Fuzz Frenzy comprehension questions for you!
Some teachers like to assemble and assign independent work packets. Others prefer to dive deeper into the story with vocabulary, grammar, SEL, and writing lessons that can span over several days.
The best thing about our 500+ book companions is the flexibility they provide you. We’ve packed them with a variety of teaching ideas and activities so you have the option to use them in the way that works best for you and your students!
THE GREAT FUZZ FRENZY BOOK COMPANION FOCUSES ON:
☐ ANALYZING CHARACTER
☐ CAUSE AND EFFECT
☐ MAKING INFERENCES
☐ MAKING PREDICTIONS
☐ SUMMARIZING / RETELLING
☐ VERB TENSE
THE GREAT FUZZ FRENZY SUMMARY
One day, a tennis ball bounces down into the prairie dog burrow. The prairie dogs are fascinated by this great fuzzy thing. They aren’t sure if it is good, bad, or scary.
Before Big Bark, the meanest dog around gets a good look, Pip Squeak who runs up and pokes the ball. She puts some of the fuzz on her head and everyone is amazed. Suddenly, everyone is racing up to get their own piece of fuzz. Prairie dogs from all over come to take a bit of the fuzz and soon, the ball is plucked clean. That’s when the fighting erupts and everyone is trying to get some of the fuzz. The battle is so great, everyone tires out and falls asleep.
When the prairie dogs awaken, they find that all of the fuzz is missing. That’s when they realize Big Bark, who is standing above the burrow, has stolen the fuzz and is covered head to toe. Before anyone can react, Big Bark is swept up by an eagle. The prairie dogs rush out of the burrow to rescue Big Bark. Before they can celebrate though, the eagle is back. Big Bark scares off the eagle while everyone runs into the burrow for safety. From that day forward, the prairie dogs live in peace together.
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