Lesson Plans and Teaching Resources for Frindle

Use Frindle by Andrew Clements to turn your read aloud or small group work into a time to improve comprehension and talk about the text in purposeful ways.

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.

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About the Book

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Title: Frindle
Author: Andrew Clements
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Themes: Laugh Out Loud, Back to School
ISBN: 9780689806698
Publisher's Summary:
Nicholas Allen has plenty of ideas. Who can forget the time he turned his third-grade classroom into a tropical island, or the times he fooled his teacher by chirping like a blackbird? But now Nick's in fifth grade, and it looks like his days as a troublemaker are over. Everyone knows that Mrs. Granger, the language arts teacher, has X-ray vision, and nobody gets away with anything in her classroom. To make matters worse, she's also a fanatic about the dictionary, which is hopelessly boring to Nick. But when Nick learns an interesting tidbit about words and where they come from, it inspires his greatest plan yet: to invent a new word. From now on, a pen is no longer a pen -- it's a frindle. It doesn't take long for frindle to take root, and soon the excitement spreads well beyond his school and town. His parents and Mrs. Granger would like Nick to put an end to all this nonsense. But frindle doesn't belong to Nick anymore. All he can do now is sit back and watch what happens. This quirky, imaginative tale about creative thought and the power of words will have readers inventing their own words. Brian Selznick's black-and-white illustrations enhance the humor in this unforgettable story.
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