Freckle Juice - Lesson 1


Objective:  Students will be able to:

* use simple strategies to determine meaning and increase vocabulary for reading including use of multiple meanings, synonyms, antonyms and word relations

* read text and determine the main idea

* identify relevant supporting details     


* Book:  Freckle Juice by Judy Blume

* White piece of paper

* Computer with Internet and word processing

* Worksheet (vocabulary)

Vocabulary: recipe, freckle, inspected whispered

Working with words: The teacher will introduce adjectives and adverbs by writing samples on the board, then monitor as students make a list of adjectives and adverbs they find in chapter one.  Students will go online to Student Fun and complete activities on adjectives and adverbs.

Activity: The teacher will...

1. begin lesson by activating prior knowledge by having the students answer the following question in their journal: If you can change something about you, what would it be? (5 minutes)

    *  Students can begin and maintain a computer-generated journal for this unit;  entries can be saved to the hard drive and student disk.

2. choose 2 - 3 students to read their journal aloud.

3. explain to the class that they will be reading a book about a boy who went through great trouble to look like somebody else

4. introduce vocabulary words and definitions

5. give each student a white piece of paper, and have them fold it into six pieces (model). (students can also use word processing and create a table with two columns and three rows as their boxes; then type, add clip art and graphics)

6. have students write each vocabulary word, definition and illustration in each box

7. have students write prediction of the story based on title and the front cover

8. read and discuss chapter one

9. discuss the four main characters (Andrew, Sharon, Nicky, Miss Kelly) and brainstorm adjectives for each

10. have the students go online to The Dictionary Plus to find synonyms and antonyms for their vocabulary words

11. have the students go online to do a vocabulary activity, print out the worksheet and complete it

12. if time permits, put the students in groups and have make a list of advantages and disadvantages of Andrew buying the freckle juice recipe from Sharon - have the students share their list with the class

Evaluation: The students will do a personality panorama with the main characters (see example) and answer the following questions:




Miss Kelly




wants freckles

tricks people


thinks Andrew is strange

doesn't like his freckles



                    ***Students can add to the personality panorama as you read the other chapters.***

* What does Nicky Lane have that Andrew wanted? Why did he want it?

* What was the name of Andrew's teacher?

* Who couldn't Andrew stand? Why?

* If you were as desperate as Andrew was to get freckles, would you count the freckles on the back of someone's neck? Why or why not?

* What did Sharon's tongue remind Andrew of?

* What did Sharon have that Andrew wanted?  What will it cost him?

* If you were Sharon would you still tell Andrew about the weird recipe? Why or why not?

Home Learning:

* Students will use word processor to type their vocabulary words in ABC order and write a sentence for each word.

* Students will go online to Discovery Kids to create a crossword puzzle with their vocabulary words.

* Students will go online to do a comprehension activity, print out the worksheet and complete it.

* Write a prediction for chapter two.


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