Frindle Resource Set

Lesson Plans • Resources • Activities


Frindle by Andrew Clements

The story of Nicholas Allen and the invention of his Frindle is a highly entertaining choice for Book Club. The story of creativity, determination, and Nick’s war of words will hold students’ attention, making it easy to focus on main ideas and supporting details in the text.

Teach with Frindle by Andrew Clements

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

  • Interactive Lesson Plan for 6 Book Club Meetings Focusing on Main Idea and Supporting Details
  • 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
CCSS Alignment
TEKS Alignment
  • CCSS Alignment: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.2 RL.4.3 RL.4.4 RL.4.5 RL.4.6 RL.4.7 SL.4.1a SL.4.1b SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 SL.4.3 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Vocabulary: L.4.4a L.4.5c L.4.6
  • TEKS Alignment: 4.10A 4.10B 4.10C 4.10D 4.10E 4.10F 4.10G 4.13A 4.13C 4.13E 4.13H 4.1A 4.1C 4.1D 4.6A 4.6B 4.6C 4.6D 4.6E 4.6F 4.6G 4.6H 4.6I 4.7A 4.7B 4.7C 4.7D 4.7E 4.7F 4.7G 4.8A 4.8B 4.8C 4.8D 4.9A 4.9B 4.9D(i) 4.9D(ii) 4.9D(iii) 4.9E(i) 4.9E(ii) 4.9E(iii) 4.9F
  • Vocabulary: 4.3A 4.3B 4.7E 4.7F
  • Take a Closer Look at the
    Frindle Resource Set

    Instructional Overview

    The instructional overview includes instructional background for main idea and supporting details, instructional objectives for each of the Book Club meetings, and a list of the materials and preparation necessary to Frindle 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: Introduce Main and Idea and Supporting Details

    Frindle by Andrew Clements provides an engaging text for students to practice identifying main ideas and supporting details. This Book Club meeting sets up a method of tracking these two things throughout the text.

    Meeting #2: Keeping Track of Main Ideas

    Students will practice determining the main ideas in Frindle by focusing on using the chapter titles. Author Andrew Clements, like many authors, uses clues in the titles for what the chapter is about.

    Meeting #3: Determining the Main Idea with Evidence from the Text

    During this Frindle Book Club meeting, students will determine whether or not their main idea predictions are correct. One way to do this is to look at the supporting details in the text for evidence.

    Meeting #4: Noticing Supporting Details

    This Book Club discussion focuses on how author, Andrew Clements, uses supporting details in Frindle. Students will see how supporting details can be identified for the main idea of the book, chapter, and character actions.

    Meeting #5: Main Ideas and the Author's Purpose

    Students have gained valuable experience with identifying main ideas and supporting details throughout the Frindle Book Club. During this meeting, thoughtful discussion will focus on how the author's purpose, message, and main ideas are all connected.

    Meeting #6: Identifying the Main Idea of a Text

    This final Book Club meeting for Frindle by Andrew Clements encourages students to discover that the main ideas for each chapter are actually the supporting details for the main idea of the entire text.

    Frindle Focus Assessment and Rubric

    Use this six-question assessment to determine whether or not students understand the key concepts associated with main idea and supporting details.

    Frindle Common Core Assessment

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

    Frindle Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Frindle. 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 Frindle by Andrew Clements. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Resource Set for this book.

    Frindle Vocabulary Connections

    Are your students familiar with new vocabulary used in Frindle? Download this Vocabulary Connections for fun resources and activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth. If you download this book’s Super Pack, these resources are all included.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.4.4a L.4.5c L.4.6
    TEKS Alignment:

    4.3A 4.3B 4.7E 4.7F

    Frindle Common Core Alignment

    List of the Common Core State Standards addressed by Frindle Book Club Resource Set.

    Frindle TEKS Alignment

    Complete TEKS alignment for all of the mini lessons, resources, and activities in the Frindle Resource Set.
    TEKS Alignment:

    4.10A 4.10B 4.10C 4.10D 4.10E 4.10F 4.10G 4.13A 4.13C 4.13E 4.13H 4.1A 4.1C 4.1D 4.6A 4.6B 4.6C 4.6D 4.6E 4.6F 4.6G 4.6H 4.6I 4.7A 4.7B 4.7C 4.7D 4.7E 4.7F 4.7G 4.8A 4.8B 4.8C 4.8D 4.9A 4.9B 4.9D(i) 4.9D(ii) 4.9D(iii) 4.9E(i) 4.9E(ii) 4.9E(iii) 4.9F

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