Workshop Wednesday {Guided Reading Book}

So, I had this post written and ready to go and then I accidentally deleted it!  Still no idea how it happened...ugh!

As mentioned in a previous Workshop Wednesday I am unable to meet in small groups like I would like with this year's group.  At the beginning of the year when I was pulling my hair out attempting to meet with small groups we read Runaway Ralph by Beverly Clearly.  I love using this book because it lends itself to a variety of CCS.
We focused on context clues, character development, character comparison, theme, summarizing, vocabulary, and a variety of comprehension questions.  My students really enjoyed this book, they especially loved watching the movie when we completed it.  Did you even know there was a movie for Runaway Ralph?  Students compared and contrasted the book and the movie as well.

While we read the book this year I created a Runaway Ralph unit.  It can be used for small group or whole group instruction.  You can purchase it here.

This is one of my favorite activities for the book.  I divided students up into groups and they focused on one of the following standards/skills theme, details, summarizing, and character development.  Each group presented their answers and the rest of the groups added the information to their brochures, I call this a jigsaw activity.  On their own students gave their opinion of the text and drew a picture for the front.

I have had a GREAT response to my new Monthly Goal linky party!  I hope you link up and join in the fun!  It is open until May 10th :)


  1. Looks great! I love Beverly Clearly so I'll definitely be checking this one out! :)
    Brandee @ Creating Lifelong Learners

  2. I LOOOOVE this book- this product needs to be added to my wishlist for sure!! :)
    ideas by jivey

    1. PS thanks for linking up!! :o)

  3. This is always a big hit with my third graders! They love both the book and the movie! Such a good one :o)


  4. This is such a cute book. The third grade teacher does it as a read aloud so I don't use it, but I know they love it.

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  5. I love Bevely Cleary! She is one of my all time favorite authors. My favorite book is Muggie Maggie! I love Runaway Ralph too! Your packet looks awesome too!

    Rosie's Rambles

  6. Stacia really loves all the mouse books! Your unit looks great! I hope next year you have the ideal class! You deserve it!!

    :O) Amanda
    Collaboration Cuties

  7. My kids love that book...when they found out I had it, they were fighting over it!

    :) Kaitlyn
    Smiles and Sunshine

  8. Beverly Cleary brings back so many memories from my childhood. Your unit looks amazing and I am pinning that for future reference. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome work!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  9. Runaway Ralph is a great story. I loved Beverly Cleary books as a child. I had no idea there was a movie based on this book. I must find it! Thanks for sharing!

    Foreman Teaches

  10. Looks like such a cute unit!! Thanks for sharing.

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    Just Wild About Teaching


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