Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures Resource Set

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Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo

Students will quickly fall for Ulysses the super squirrel in this expertly crafted book. By tempering some sensitive themes of self-doubt and broken homes with laugh out loud unanticipated occurrences, Kate DiCamillo has created a unique chapter book that makes it easy for readers to explore cause and effect. Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures blends traditional storytelling with graphic novel illustrations, making this book the ideal choice for mini-lessons focused on tracking cause and effect across longer texts.

Teach with Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo

This resource set includes everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction

  • Interactive Lesson Plan for 10 Book Club Meetings Focusing on Cause and Effect
  • 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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Common Core Alignment
  • Main Pack: L.5.6 RF.5.3 RF.5.4 RL.5.1 RL.5.10 RL.5.2 RL.5.3 RL.5.4 RL.5.5 RL.5.6 RL.5.7 RL.5.9 SL.5.1a SL.5.1b SL.5.1c SL.5.1d SL.5.2 SL.5.3 W.5.9
  • Vocabulary: L.5.4a L.5.5 L.5.6
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    Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures Resource Set

    Instructional Overview

    The instructional overview includes instructional background for cause and effect, instructional objectives for each of the Book Club meetings and a list of the materials and preparation necessary to the Flora and Ulysses Book Club.

    Book Club Management Resources

    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.

    Meeting #1: Set Expectations, Model Routines, and Introduce Cause and Effect

    Recognizing and analyzing cause and effect relationships is a key skill in becoming a competent reader. Using Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo, students will gain experience with causation in literature.

    Meeting #2: Cause and Effect Flow Chart

    During this Flora and Ulysses Book Club meeting, students will be introduced to using a Cause and Effect Flow Chart to help them identify and visualize causation as they read.

    Meeting #3: One Cause, Many Effects

    Noticing cause and effect relationships in Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo will help students better understand the text. Book Club discussion focuses on the fact that one cause can have multiple effects.

    Meeting #4: Many Causes, One Effect

    When exploring causation in Kate DiCamillo's Flora and Ulysses, it is important for readers to notice that a single effect can have multiple causes. Since the causes can be revealed as the story progresses, a graphic organizer is useful for tracking and is introduced here.

    Meeting #5: Questions to Find the Causes

    When looking for causation, good readers look for clues and ask questions. Discussion for this Flora and Ulysses Book Club meeting centers on important questions for readers to ask themselves as they read.

    Meeting #6: Questions to Find the Effects

    Building on the causation questions that were introduced in the last Flora and Ulysses Book Club meeting, students will discuss important questions to ask to identify effects while reading.

    Meeting #7: Signal Words

    Finding causation in Kate DiCamillo's Flora and Ulysses can be tricky. Readers will learn that sometimes in the story, the cause comes before the effect, and other times the effect will come before the cause. Looking for signal words in the text will help students identify cause and effect relationships.

    Meeting #8: Sorting Signal Words

    Author Kate DiCamillo uses examples of causation throughout Flora and Ulysses. Building on the signal words that were the topic of the last meeting, students will now sort signal words into two groups; one set for cause and one for effect.

    Meeting #9: Cause and Effect: The Big Picture

    As students look at cause and effect one last time with Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo, they will create a large graphic organizer that outlines the causes and effects of one squirrel being vacuumed up.

    Meeting #10: Reflection

    This final Flora and Ulysses Book Club meeting provides students with an opportunity to reflect on the causation work that they completed while reading the book.

    Flora and Ulysses Focus Assessment and Rubric

    Use this six-question assessment to determine whether or not students understand the key concepts associated with cause and effect.

    Flora and Ulysses Common Core Assessment

    This 9 question Common Core aligned assessment can be used to determine students' overall comprehension of Flora and Ulysses and their mastery of the Common Core State Standards.

    Flora and Ulysses Common Core Alignment

    List of the Common Core State Standards addressed by Flora and Ulysses Book Club Resource Set.

    Flora and Ulysses Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Flora and Ulysses. 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.

    Student Resources in Spanish

    This set of Spanish student facing resources includes Book Club Management Resources for use with Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Resource Set for this book.

    Flora and Ulysses Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy Flora and Ulysses, it’s helpful to introduce words that might be new to readers. Either download the Flora and Ulysses 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:

    L.5.4a L.5.5 L.5.6

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