Number the Stars Resource Set

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Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Lois Lowry’s novel Number the Stars, is the story of Annemarie Johansen and her best friend, Ellen Rosen, who live in Copenhagen, Denmark, a European city under Nazi occupation. The girls are typical: they go to school and practice running in the local athletic meet. The year is 1943; they live under the weight of Nazi soldiers marching in their town, and shortages of coffee, sugar, and butter. When German troops begin their plan to “relocate” the Jews of Denmark, Ellen moves in with the Johansen family. Annemarie is a fictional character representing the many Danish people who were part of the Resistance and helped to save the Jews during World War II. Help readers understand how to determine theme with the Book Club lesson plans and resources focusing on finding evidence to support the universal theme in the story.

Teach with Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Get everything you need to run a successful Book Club using Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

  • Interactive Lesson Plan for 5 Book Club Meetings Focusing on Determining Theme
  • 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.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.5.8 W.5.9
  • Vocabulary: L.5.4a L.5.5 L.5.6
  • Instructional Overview: 5.10A 5.13A 5.13C 5.13E 5.13H 5.1A 5.1C 5.1D 5.6A 5.6B 5.6C 5.6D 5.6E 5.6F 5.6G 5.6H 5.6I 5.7A 5.7B 5.7C 5.7D 5.7E 5.7F 5.7G 5.8A 5.8C
  • Vocabulary: 5.3A 5.3B 5.7E 5.7F
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    Number the Stars Resource Set

    Instructional Overview

    The instructional overview includes instructional background for determining theme, instructional objectives for each of the Book Club meetings, and a list of the materials and preparation necessary to the Number the Stars Book Club.
    TEKS Alignment:

    5.10A 5.13A 5.13C 5.13E 5.13H 5.1A 5.1C 5.1D 5.6A 5.6B 5.6C 5.6D 5.6E 5.6F 5.6G 5.6H 5.6I 5.7A 5.7B 5.7C 5.7D 5.7E 5.7F 5.7G 5.8A 5.8C

    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 Theme

    Number the Stars by Lois Lowry is a prefect text for a Book Club focusing on understanding theme. Theme is developed throughout the text, so reader will begin with documenting the important details of the plot and characters.

    Meeting #2: Identify the Big Ideas

    Author Lois Lowry presents big ideas in her novel, Number the Stars. Discussion focuses on exploring the ideas that are presented in order for students to understand the text and, ultimately, identify the book's theme.

    Meeting #3: Characters Respond to Challenges in Different Ways

    When characters respond to challenges, the readers learns a lot about them. In Number the Stars by Lois Lowry, the characters encounter major challenges throughout the story. Tracking how characters change as a result of these challenges keeps the reader on track to determine the story's theme.

    Meeting #4: Summarize the Plot of The Story

    Discussion for this Number the Stars Book Club meeting centers around developing ideas about the story's theme by using the exposition, conflicts, and climax of the plot.

    Meeting #5: Identify Theme and Supporting Details

    During this final Book Club meeting for Number the Stars by Lois Lowry, students will use what they have learned about determining theme to identify a theme for this story. While different themes are possible, students will need to support their thinking with evidence from the text.

    Number the Stars Focus Assessment and Rubric

    Use this six-question assessment to determine whether or not students understand the key concepts associated with determining the theme.

    Number the Stars Common Core Assessment

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

    Number the Stars Running Record

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

    Number the Stars Vocabulary Connections

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

    5.3A 5.3B 5.7E 5.7F

    Number the Stars Common Core Alignment

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

    TEKS Alignment

    Complete TEKS alignment for all of the mini lessons, resources, and activities in the Number the Stars Resource Set.

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