Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume is one of the first novels I can clearly remember ever reading. As it happens I was in Mr. Winkler’s fourth grade English class at Bearisto Elementary, a French immersion school in British Columbia, and we just thought it was hilarious; especially the way Mr. Winkler read the voice of Fudge, which was a bit like what you might get if you crossed the voices of Dale the chipmunk and SpongeBob Squarepants. It’s now among my top ten novels to teach my students here in South Korea.
Over the years I’ve been working on a worksheet booklet designed for teaching either Korean or Japanese students in an EFL classroom. It’s classroom tested and it works. You can now download it at my store, or try out the first chapter for free!
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At just over 150 pages this hefty worksheet booklet has a bit of everything, but it’s still growing because every time I teach it I come up with more activities and add them into the booklet for you to re-download for free.
For each chapter there are my usual staples:
- comprehension questions about the story with space for students to answer in full sentences;
- a creative writing assignment where students can express their opinions about topics related to the text;
- a vocabulary list with Korean or Japanese translations of key words to save on dictionary time and reduce confusion about meaning;
- a word search puzzle for students to enjoy some quiet time to familiarize themselves with the vocabulary;
- a sequencing worksheet where students can identify the different components of the story; and
- a chapter project where students can take a step beyond what goes on in the chapter;
- a chapter quiz so you can assess your students’ comprehension of the text and vocabulary.
But there are also quite a few extras that will add some spice to your lessons:
- a comic strip project;
- an illustrator worksheet;
- a make your own word search puzzle worksheet;
- a crossword puzzle;
- a make your own crossword puzzle worksheet;
- a summarizer worksheet;
- a final test;
- a prediction worksheet;
- a book cover project; and
- a book report assignment.
But I remember the best part of reading the book the first time around was talking about what it must have been like to be Peter and have a brother like Fudge. So I’ve included four discussion question cards for each chapter. You just have to divide the class up into groups and give each one a different card. The projects are pretty cool too as they try to make connections to the real world.
I really hope these worksheets enhance your teaching experience. You see, I hate how EFL teachers continually have to reinvent the wheel, always making slightly different versions of the same reading comprehension worksheets. What I’ve done is try to put together what most teachers will likely need for their lessons. It’ll save you loads of time – allowing you to work on even more imaginative activities – instead of being hunched over a keyboard for hours and hours.
Most importantly, I really believe it will help your students learn. Just give it a look.