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"The One and Only Ivan" FLEX Book Club

In this 4-week FLEX book club, students will read the novel "The One and Only Ivan" by Katherine Applegate and respond to their weekly reading within the classroom.
Ms. Heather, M.Ed., Gifted Education Specialist
5 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 1 learner
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No live meetings
Over 4 weeks
year olds
learners per class
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How does a "Flex" course work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

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Class Experience

Through the reading of this novel, students will have the opportunity to deepen their understandings of the novel while analyzing the characters, plot, setting, theme(s), and/or author's purpose, among other topics.  
Ms. Heather has been a certified teacher for 20 year and a gifted education teacher/specialist for 10 of those years.  Teaching and discussing high quality literature is a favorite activity to do with students.  
Since this is a FLEX class, students will be responsible for completing all reading and responses prior to their being due on Fridays at 5pm ET.  
Students will need access to the book "The One and Only Ivan" by Katherine Applegate which can be obtained from the public library, as an ebook, or purchased. It is also recommended that students keep a reading response journal to record their reading reflections in. This can simply be a notebook. Students will be provided with reading prompts each Sunday, as well.
Students will be given meaningful feedback based upon their reading responses.  Specifically, I will be looking for their understandings of the events of the story, the characters, plot, setting, and interaction.  I look forward to seeing that readers are engaging with the story.  
No live meetings, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
Based on the true story of a gorilla who now lives happily in a lowland gorilla habitat at Zoo Atlanta but before that had spent 27 years in a cage in a shopping mall after being captured as a baby in Africa, THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN tells, from the gorilla's standpoint, of life in the circus mall, being gawked at by tourists, and how it all seems so normal. But the arrival of a baby elephant starts to trigger memories, and before long Ivan finds himself making promises he's not sure how he's going to keep. 


Ms. Heather, M.Ed., Gifted Education Specialist
Lives in the United States
The Gifted Garden - Growing and Nurturing Gifted Learners
5 total reviews
17 completed classes

About Me


I am a certified educator with 20 years teaching experience.  I've taught both elementary and middle school, as well as been a gifted education teacher for half of my teaching career.  Gifted education is a special passion of mine so... 
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