Friday, 23 December 2016

The One and Only Ivan Book Activities

Hi guys! My 3rd grader has recently finished reading The One and Only Ivan and I wanted to share some of the activities we did to go along with the book.

Character Traits:

I had him draw the main character (Ivan) and brainstorm some character traits

Once he had the character traits written around the picture. I had him pick 3 and give me evidence from the text to support his answer. You can read this post here on how I taught character traits.

Artist Study:

In one of the chapters (pg. 38) Mack refers to Ivan as Picasso. So we did a little research on him and created an art piece. I also had him compare Ivan's art to Picasso. 

Here he is reading a little about Picasso. 

Theme/ Figurative Language :

We discussed some of the themes in this book (friendship, loyalty, acceptance, etc). I had him use evidence from the book to prove each themes he came up with. 
We also worked on figurative language (Similes, Alliteration, Metaphor)

Simile (a comparison between two unlike things using like or as): On pg. 3 Ivan says "Gorillas are as patient as stones."
Alliteration (repetition of the beginning consonant): On pg. 6 "I live in a human habitat..."

Persuasive Writing:

What is the best home for Ivan? 
He organized his opinion writing using this graphic organizer.

To make his writing more persuasive he did a little research using this book and the internet. 

Editing his work. He uses the thesaurus to add vivid verbs and adjectives to his writing.

Typing up his final paper.


Ivan lived in 4 different places through out the book. Jungle, Mack's house, Big Mall, and finally the Zoo. I had him find information from the book and write about each setting. 

Story Map:

He worked on the plot structure using a large paper and a note pad. We went through the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and conclusion. The note pad was very helpful if he added a detail that was not a main one he could just remove it without having to rewrite. Also, if he missed something it was easy to add. He used his story map to help write a summary. 

Other Books We Used:

We both really enjoyed this book and can't wait to dive into our next book. If your interested in any of the worksheets I used you can download them below.

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  1. What a lot of fun and a lot of work accomplished! How long did you spend reading the book first? My 3rd grader enjoyed Ivan earlier this fall. :)

  2. Hi Tristan! My guy is a really fast reader and I usually don't interrupt him when his reading because he gets really into the story. He spent about 4 days reading the book and 1 week completing the activities. It was a really fun read we ended up watching videos of Ivan. :)


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