- Grade Level: 5
- Guided Reading Level: V
- Genre: Mystery
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
Meet twelve year-old Kyle who, along with a few of his classmates, has won a chance to spend the night in the town’s new library before it opens to the public. What this group of students doesn’t realize, is that the over-night is really a race against the clock to solve numerous riddles and see who can get out of the library first. This engaging, relatable mystery is perfect for a Book Club focused on making inferences to learn more about the setting, characters, and author’s purpose, and to solve the riddles and figure out how to escape the library.
Teach with Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
Get everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction using Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
- Interactive Lesson Plan for 7 Book Club Meetings Focusing on Making Inferences
- Chapter by Chapter Discussion Guide
- Chapter by Chapter Vocabulary Guide
- Book Club Calendar
- Conversation Prompts
- Expectations for Book Club Anchor Chart / Student Reference Sheet
- Student Self-Evaluation Forms
- Running Record Assessment Tool
- Student Reading Response Guide
- Comprehension Assessment Rubric
- Common Core State Standard Assessment
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Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Resource Set
The instructional overview includes instructional background for making inferences, instructional objectives for each of the Book Club meetings, and a list of the materials and preparation necessary to host the Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Book Club.
The management resources include a Book Club Calendar, conversation prompts, Student Self-Evaluation forms, Reading Response Board (with optional Common Core alignment), and an Expectations for Book Club anchor chart.
When readers add clues in the text to their related background knowledge, they have a recipe for making logical inferences. This first Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library Book Club meeting draws parallels between the inferences that students make in their everyday lives, and inferences that they make while reading.
Author Chris Grabenstein's Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library is perfect for practicing making inferences about the setting of the story. Specifically, readers will look for clues the author provided in the language that the characters use and the items that he put in the environment (computers, video games, etc.).
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library has a varied cast of characters; each with his/her own unique personality. Author Chris Grabenstein does a remarkable job of using each character's thoughts, dialogue, and actions to "show" the reader who each character really is. When readers pay attention to these important clues, they can make meaningful inferences that allow them to become more involved in the story.
Because logical inferences are more than just a guess at what is happening in the story, readers need to be able to cite the evidence in the text that is shaping their thinking. This Escape form Mr. Lemoncello's Library Book Club meeting introduces students to sentence starters to use when making inferences. This handy bookmark can be used by readers not only with this text, but also with with any book they read in the future.
Beyond understanding the setting and characters better, readers make inferences to determine the author's purpose. The strong messages that author Chris Grabenstein included related to friendship, teamwork, and bullying are all easily identifiable when readers follow the clues in Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library.
As the reader tries to escape the library with the characters, he/she must make inferences about how all the clues fit together to solve the mystery. When readers make the same type of inference repeatedly, they can use this recurring information to draw conclusions about the characters, setting, author's purpose, or how to escape and win the race.
This final Book Club meeting provides an opportunity for students to showcase the knowledge they gained related to making inferences while reading Chris Grabenstein's Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library. The culminating activity encourages students to write an essay to the selection committee about why they should be chosen for the next great escape!
Use this six-question assessment to determine whether or not students understand the key concepts associated with making inferences.
This 9 question Common Core aligned assessment can be used to determine students' overall comprehension of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library and their mastery of the Common Core State Standards.
Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. Track meaning, structure, and visual accuracy using the first 100 words of the text to determine whether or not this book is a good fit for the readers in your classroom.
This set of Spanish student facing resources includes Book Club Management Resources for use with Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Resource Set for this book.
Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library , it’s helpful to review new vocabulary used in the story. Either download Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Super Pack or this individual Vocabulary Builder for resources and activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth through fun and productive interactions with new words.
Common Core Alignment:
List of Common Core State Standards addressed by Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Resource Set.
Complete TEKS alignment for all of the mini lessons, resources, and activities in the scape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library Resource Set.
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