A Week in the Woods by Andrew Clements takes the idea that money doesn’t buy happiness to an interesting level. It is a great book to use in your classroom or homeschool for a whole class novel study, small book groups, or individual book studies.
From the Book Jacket:
The fifth-grade Week in the Woods is a beloved tradition of Hardy Elementary, where Mark Chelmsley (the Fourth) is pretty much killing time before his parents send him off to an exclusive prep school. But then Mark realizes the Week might be a chance to prove to Mr. Maxwell that he’s not just another of the slacker rich kids the teacher can’t stand.
But it may be too late for Mark to change Mr. Maxwell’s opinion of him. On the first day of the Week, the tension between teacher and student explodes, and in a reckless moment, Mark puts not only himself but also Mr. Maxwell, in grave danger. Can two such strong adversaries work together to save their lives?
I offer a complete novel study to accompany A Week in the Woods for use in the classroom or homeschool. The unit includes both a printable format and a Google Drive™ format for use in a paperless classroom or with Google Classroom.
From outside appearances, Mark has it made coming from a wealthy family. As you get into his head you realize having money isn’t as great as it may sound. Mark faces adversity in a different way and has to work to break through the predetermined opinion people may have of how easy his life must be. It makes you stop and think before judging, no matter the subject. Add to that the adventure of being lost in the woods and this is a really interesting read that will capture the attention of your students.
Are you interested in reading about and sharing ideas with other educators on using children’s literature in your classroom? My goal is to bring together teachers and homeschoolers who teach grades 3-8 and use novels with their students. I’d love for you to join me to learn, share, and grow together!
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