Number the Stars Novel Study - Common Core Aligned Teaching Guide
Number the Stars Novel Study - Common Core Aligned Teaching Guide
Number the Stars Novel Study - Common Core Aligned Teaching Guide
Number the Stars Novel Study - Common Core Aligned Teaching Guide
Number the Stars Novel Study - Common Core Aligned Teaching Guide

Number the Stars Novel Study - Common Core Aligned Teaching Guide

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Number the Stars 124-page unit includes ready-to-go activities, handouts, comprehension and analysis questions, quizzes, tests, and more - aligned to grades 5 and 6 Common Core Standards. 

Perfect for student-directed distance learning or homeschooling, however, this product is a PDF only and will need modification for use in Google Classroom.

Designed to require as much or as little teacher instruction or intervention as you desire. Lessons and activities are clear, and provide students with full explanation on how to complete activities (giving examples and providing mini-lessons whenever possible), requiring little to no explanation or detailed instruction from the teacher. In many cases, students will be able to self-direct their study and completion of work according to your requirements, making it perfect for distance learning.

Please note that this product may be used in Google Classroom or a PASSWORD-protected site by the authorized purchaser only. Posting or sharing anywhere the public can view or download is violation of copyright terms of use.

This Number the Stars Literature Guide includes:

Here's what Dana T. said about this Number the Stars unit: I LOVED this resource. A bit pricey, but it was packed with so many useful items. Worth it!

  • List of Pre-Reading Ideas and Activities
  • Comprehension and Analysis Questions throughout
  • Note-Taking and Summarizing Guide for active note-taking during reading
  • Anticipation/Reaction Activity: What is Bravery?
  • Pre-Reading Activity: Sorting Literature into Genres (RL 5.10; RL 6.9, RL 6.10)
  • Informational Focus: Historical Context – Hitler’s Plan, followed by CCSS-aligned Comprehension Check questions (RI.5.1, RI.5.8, RI.5.10; RI.6.1, RI.6.3, RI.6.10)
  • Informational Focus: The Star of David followed by CCSS-aligned Comprehension Check questions (RI.5.1, RI.5.2, RI.5.10; RI.6.1, RI.6.2, RI.6.7, RI.6.10)
  • Author Biography: Lois Lowry, followed by corresponding CCSS-aligned Comprehension Check questions (RI.5.1, RI.5.2, RI.5.8; RI.6.1, RI.6.2, RI.6.8)
  • Vocabulary Lists: one with, and one without definitions (L.5.6; L.6.6)
  • Allusions and Terminology (L.5.6; L.6.6)
Donna H. said: I have taught this novel for over a decade and had gathered vast resources over the years to teach it. I needed a more common core approach to the novel in order for it to beneficial to my students. I know this is a little pricey, but it is money well spent. I reduced the pages and made it into a very manageable workbook for my student to use as we read the novel. My kids loved the novel and I loved the new resources.
  • CCSS Reading: Literature Focus activities and lessons, including
    • Fact vs. Fiction (RL 5.2; RL 6.2)
    • Setting (RL.5.3; RL.6.3)
    • Character Compare & Contrast (RL.5.3)
    • Figurative Language (RL.5.4, L.5.5.A; RL.6.4, L.6.5.A)
    • Using Textual Evidence (RL.5.1; RL.6.1)
    • Point of View (RL 5.6, RL.6.6)
    • Theme (RL 5.2; RL 6.2)
  • CCSS Writing Focus activities and lessons, including
    • Stating Your Opinion and Gathering Details (W.5.1.A, W.5.1.B; W.6.1.A, W.6.1.B)
    • The Introduction & Organization (W.5.2.A, W.5.2.C: W.6.2.A, W.6.2.C)
    • Conclusions and Revisions (W.5.1.D, W.5.10; W.6.1.E, W.6.10)
    • Researching New Questions (W.5.2, W.5.2.B, W.5.7, W.5.8; W.6.5, W.6.2.B, W.6.7, W.6.8)
    • Drawing Conclusions from Research (W.5.2, W.5.2.B, W.5.7, W.5.8; W.6.2, W.6.2.B, W.6.7)
    • Putting Your Research Together (W.5.2, W.5.2A, W.5.2B, W.5.7, W.5.8, W.5.10; W.6.2, W.6.2.B, W.6.7, W.6.10).
  • CCSS Language Focus activities and lessons, including
    • Commas (L.5.2.A-C; L 6.2)
    • The Function of Conjunctions (L.5.1.A, L.5.1.E)
    • Pronouns (L.6.1A-C)
    • Perfect Tense (L.5.1.B)
    • Misused Verbs – Lay and Lie (L 5.1D)
    • Vocabulary Acquisition and Use (L.5.4.A-C; L.6.4.A-C)

Here's what Catherine L. said: I just started teaching sixth grade and I was nervous that I wouldn't teach reading well enough. This guide is wonderful and couldn't be more thorough. Very helpful.

  • Vocabulary Review Crossword Puzzles
  • Reading Comprehension Quizzes
  • Two Final Test versions - one multiple choice
  • List of Post-Reading and Alternative Assessment Ideas
  • List of various Essay and Writing prompts and ideas
  • Teacher Guide with:
    • Teacher Agenda
    • Project Rubric
    • Response to Literature Rubric
    • Complete Answer Key
    • Common Core Alignment Documentation for this Literature Guide to Grades 5 and 6 CCSS
Please note that this product is available as a PDF download only.  

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
I love it

Hello i love this book i was wondering if you could make more like this my school reads this book it is very interesting and I really like it Thank you from your friend Chelsey

Stephanie Tedford
Great Resource

I have been teaching this novel for years and have collected a lot of resources for it. This resource is definitely in the top two! I highly recommend it. I was able to jigsaw some pre-reading activities and have students work in groups and then present. Questions cover a large range of depth and complexity. I was easily able to use make this digital for my students who were remote. This resource is now the resource I use most for my unit.