As an educator, you’re always on the lookout for ways to engage your students and spark their curiosity. One way to do that is by using literature in the classroom. Andrew Clements’ A Week in the Woods is a book that is not only engaging and fun to read but also has several educational benefits.

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Why you should use A Week in the Woods in your classroom and how it can benefit your students?

  • A Week in the Woods fosters a love of reading: A Week in the Woods is a well-written and engaging book that will capture your student’s attention from the first page. This novel will spark an enjoyment of reading and encourage students to read more books.
  • A Week in the Woods promotes critical thinking: The story follows a young boy named Mark who is sent to spend a week in the woods with his class. During their time in the woods, they encounter challenges and have to work together to overcome them. This plot provides an excellent opportunity for your students to think critically about problem-solving and teamwork.
  • A Week in the Woods teaches important life lessons: Throughout the book, Mark learns important life lessons about responsibility, perseverance, and empathy. By discussing these themes in class, you can help your students develop important life skills that will serve them well in the future.
  • A Week in the Woods provides opportunities for cross-curricular learning: A Week in the Woods has many connections to other subjects, including science, social studies, and language arts. By incorporating these connections into your lessons, you can provide your students with a more well-rounded learning experience.


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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, to work to break through the predetermined opinion people may have of how easy his life must be. The story makes you stop and think before judging, no matter the subject. The adventure of being lost in the woods adds a sense of adventure that will capture the attention of your students.

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.

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