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Becasue of Winn Dixie

Becasue of Winn Dixie

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Educator’s Guide
 
Four weeks before the release of the film, read
Because of Winn-Dixie 
to your students and follow the weekly activities on the next page. Be sure to have students keep a writing journal as you read the book. The worksheets listed in the table of contents below complement the four-week reading and writing program.
worksheets for grades 2-5national standards
In Search of Winn-DixieLanguage Arts:
NCTE/IRA Standard 1 – Communication Skills(Gr. 2-5)
 Visual Arts:
CNAEA Standard 2 – Using Knowledge of Structures and Functions
Because of You
(Gr. 2-5)
Civics:
NCSS Standard 5 – Roles of the Citizen
Maybe You Can Set Me Up Mathematics:
NCTM Number and Operations Standard 3
on an Installment Plan?
(Gr. 4-5)– Compute fluently and make reasonable estimates
Littmus Lozenges: Language Arts:
NCTE/IRA Standard 3 – Evaluation Strategies
Sweet & Sorrowful
(Gr. 4-5)
Because of Winn-Dixie: 
Language Arts:
NCTE/IRA Standard 6 – Applying Knowledge
The Movie vs. The Book
(Gr. 4-5)
BOOK A FIELD TRIP!CALL 877-WIN-DIXI
Take your class to see
Because of Winn-Dixie 
at a theater near you. Call 877-WIN-DIXI(877-946-3494) to ask about special schoolgroup screenings that include the
Because of Winn-Dixie 
Reading Workshop
– a 30-minute bonus educational program presentedafter the film.
Because of Winn-Dixie 
authorKate DiCamillo and select cast will discussthe movie and share insights into reading, writing, and creativity.
Reading, Writing,and Winn-Dixie
Educational Reviewers
Lisa Bracker5th Grade TeacherLincoln ElementaryPalatine, ILColleen Keirn, Ed.M.Former 4th Grade TeacherCambridge, MASusie Sung, M.Ed.3rd & 5th Grade TeacherBayside, NYDirector, Educational Content &Writer: Jean Kwon, Ed.M.
This guide was developed and produced by: 
Walden Media, LLC294 Washington Street7th FloorBoston, MA 02108www.walden.com
©2004 Walden Media, LLC
 www.becauseofwinndixie.com
IN THEATERS FEBRUARY 18, 2005
 
Read Aloud and Write
Because of Winn-Dixie 
, published by Candlewick Press, ISBN: 0-7636-1605-2.
 Week 1: To Market and Winn-Dixie
Read Aloud: Chapters 1-7 Writing Journal:
Have students maintain ongoing character webs in their writing journals. For each character’sname, ask students to write words that describe that character’s personality. Do this with each new characterin the book. Add new adjectives as students learn more about the characters.
 Worksheet:
Use the
In Search of Winn-Dixie 
 worksheet as a follow-up exercise once you have finished the book.
Extension Activity:
Help your students learn more about your local Humane Society and the process of adopting a pet. Arrange a trip to a nearby animal shelter, or ask a veterinarian or shelter worker to visit yourclass. See student worksheet:
Because of You 
.
 Week 2: Gertrude’s Pets and Gloria Dump
Read Aloud: Chapters 8-13 Writing Journal:
 Ask students to choose one of the followingquestions to answer in their writing journals: Who is Gloria Dumpand why are the Dewberrys afraid of her? What makes peopleafraid of other people? Why do the Dewberrys annoy Opal?
 Worksheet:
Maybe You Can Set Me Up on an Installment Plan? 
Extension Activity:
Have students imagine and draw what the set for Gertrude’s Pets might look like in the movie.
 Week 3: Franny Block, Littmus Lozenges, and Otis
Read Aloud: Chapters 14-20 Writing Journal:
Review the author’s use of similes whencharacters describe the taste of Littmus Lozenges(pp. 119, 129, and 132), then pose the following writingprompt: “Imagine that you had eaten a Littmus Lozenge. What would
melancholy 
taste like to you? Use descriptiveadjectives and similes like the author.”
 Worksheet:
Littmus Lozenges: Sweet & Sorrowful 
Extension Activity:
Have the class make their own LittmusLozenges. Learn about sugar crystals and how they forminto rock candy. Here’s a helpful resource: www.exploratorium.edu/cooking/candy/recipe-rockcandy.html.
 Week 4: The Party 
Read Aloud: Chapters 21-26 Writing Journal:
Have students write a journal entry in the voice of one of the characters. Prompt them to write about how their character feels as he or she gets ready for theparty at Gloria Dump’s house.
 Worksheet:
Because of Winn-Dixie: The Movie vs. The Book 
Extension Activity:
Make dog-themed invitations likeSweetie Pie Thomas and throw a class party. Don’t forget the egg salad sandwiches, Otis’pickles, and music!
The activities on this poster may be reproduced for educational purposes only. Film poster reprinted courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. Stills ©2004 Winn Productions,LLC. Text and design ©2004 Walden Media, LLC. Walden Media is a registered trademanrk of Walden Media, LLC. The Walden Media skipping stone logo is a trademark of Walden Media, LLC. All rights reserved. Because of Winn-Dixie book cover art by Chris Sheban, copyright ©2000. Reprinted courtesy of Candlewick Press. All rights reserved.
IN THEATERSFEBRUARY 18, 2005

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