Book Club: The Magician's Elephant by Kate Dicamillo
In this book club, learners will read and discuss The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo! This will be a fun book club for your learner and a great way to strengthen their reading comprehension skills.
Tristan - Book Clubs/Reading Comprehension
344 total reviews for this teacher
49 reviews for this class
Completed by 151 learners
5x per week
over 1 week
learners per class
per learner - per class
How does a "Multi-Day" course work?
Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries
How Outschool Works
There are no open spots for this class, but you can request another time or scroll down to find more classes like this.
The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo is a great story about hope, faith, belonging, friendship, and empathy. An orphaned boy named Peter seeks his sister who might never have lived. He meets a mysterious fortuneteller one day and is full of questions for her about his sister. The fortuneteller says that the answer to Peter's questions will be found with an elephant. Peter feels that the fortuneteller is not telling him the truth until one day a mysterious elephant appears in the city....
Predict story events. Engage in learning dialogues with the teacher and peers. Search the text to select appropriate information when answering questions. Practice using story clues and prior knowledge (schema) to make inferences about the story. Practice using context clues to discover the meaning of unknown words. Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings). Engage in critical discussion of shared texts. Read for the sheer joy of it, learning to value one another as readers and learners.
Kate Kate DiCamillo is one of my favorite authors. I love teaching with her books because she does a great job of helping the reader to learn important life lessons.
Reading Schedule: (Please do not read ahead of our schedule so that we can all enjoy the story together.) Prior to our meeting Monday read chapters 1-4 Prior to our meeting Tuesday read chapters 5-8 and answer journal question #1 Prior to our meeting Wednesday read chapters 9-12 and answer journal question #2 Prior to our meeting Thursday read chapters 13-16 and answer journal question #3 Prior to our meeting Friday read chapters 17-20 and answer journal question #4 **PDF file of journal discussion questions and schedule will be attached to the classroom after our first meeting. Please print or use separate paper to write answers down. We will share our answers with the group.
Learners will need a copy of the book The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo. Ideas for finding the book include Amazon, Walmart, Target, libraries, audio, or used book store. All other materials will be provided in the Outschool classroom. **PDF file of journal discussion questions will be attached to the classroom after our first meeting. Please print or use separate paper to write answers down. We will share our answers with the group.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
3 hours 20 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
There are both a fortuneteller and a magician in this story, the focus isn't so much on magic and psychic powers as it is on the power of love and change and people being willing to help others. There is a brief mention of Peter's mom dying in childbirth, a lady's legs are crushed by an elephant that mysteriously falls from above, and a brief mention of a man who has an almost near-fatal fall. At times the vocabulary in this book may be challenging.
Tristan - Book Clubs/Reading Comprehension
“Reading can take you places you have never been before.”
🇺🇸Lives in the United States
344 total reviews
308 completed classes
Hello! Thank you for stopping by my page! My name is Tristan, and I am looking forward to sharing my passion for teaching reading with you. I am a licensed elementary teacher in the state of Tennessee, with B.A in Early Childhood Education and...