Literature: "Fourth Grade Rats" by Jerry Spinelli
These websites are about the book “Fourth Grade Rats” and author Jerry Spinelli. There are comprehension questions, graphic organizers, and lesson plans. Also includes links to eThemes Resources on bullies in literature, story elements, reading skills, decoding strategies, and inference.
Jerry Spinelli Intro Page
Learn more about the author and all of his books on his website.
Read a summary of the book here. NOTE: This site contains ads.
Reviews of Fourth Grade Rats
Click on links to read book reviews written by students.
Fourth Grade Rats: Teaching Ideas
Read how a teacher used different activities to teach about character traits in her classroom. NOTE: This site contains ads.
Fourth Grade Rats Quiz
After reading the book, answer 11 multiple-choice questions related to the story and check the answers online.
eThemes: Teaching Tips: Decoding Strategies
Learn about decoding strategies for young readers. Find out what decoding strategies are and why they are so important. Also includes teaching tips, handouts for students, and online activities. There is a link to an eThemes resource on sight words.
eThemes Resource: Reading Skills: Inference for Elementary School Students
These websites will help elementary students learn how to infer while reading. There are activities, graphic organizers, and short lessons on inference. Includes a link on inference for middle school students.
eThemes Resource: Literature Themes: Bullies
These sites are about bullies and includes tips on how to deal with them. There are lists of recommended children's books that have a bullying theme, a printable pledge against bullying, and an animated movie. Includes eThemes Resources on several books with this theme.
eThemes Resource: Reading Strategies for Elementary Students
These websites contain reading strategies to help elementary school students become good readers. Some websites simply list strategies and some include activities to help students learn. One website is a PowerPoint presentation on good reading techniques and one website compares good reading with poor reading. Some websites are written for students who are having trouble learning to read.
eThemes Resource: Teaching Tips: Reading Comprehension Strategies
These sites offer various strategies to improve reading comprehension for students at all grade levels. Includes many online stories and questions to test reading comprehension. There is a reading comprehension inventory and research articles on this topic. Many pages can be printed out and used in the classroom. Some of the tips include KWL charts, story maps, word maps, and story pyramids. There are also links to eThemes Resources on graphic organizers, guided reading, and literature circles.
eThemes Resource: Story Elements
These sites have hands-on activities and graphic organizers to help students understand the different story elements, including plot, setting, and characterization. Also learn about sequencing and cause and effect. There are links to eThemes Resources on character traits, book activities, and graphic organizers.