The Candymakers Resource Set

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The Candymakers by Wendy Mass

Logan wants nothing more than to prove himself worthy of his family’s candy making tradition, so he enters into a national candy making contest. His family’s factory hosts three of the other finalists for a behind-the-scenes look at the process of making candy. Two days of fun turn into a suspenseful mystery filled with secrets, surprises, and hidden agendas. Re-told from each of the four contestant’s point of view, this is an ideal novel for a Book Club focused on comparing and contrasting characters, settings, and events.

Teach with The Candymakers by Wendy Mass

Get everything you need to run a successful Book Club using The Candymakers by Wendy Mass

  • Interactive Lesson Plan for 8 Book Club Meetings Focusing on Comparing and Contrasting
  • 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
  • Instructional Overview: 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 SL.5.6 W.5.8 W.5.9
  • Vocabulary: L.5.4a L.5.5c L.5.6
  • Instructional Overview: 5.10A 5.10B 5.1A 5.1C 5.1D 5.6A 5.6B 5.6E 5.6F 5.6G 5.6H 5.6I 5.7B 5.7C 5.7D 5.7E 5.7F 5.7G 5.8B  5.8C 5.8D
  • Vocabulary: 5.3A 5.3B 5.7E 5.7F
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    The Candymakers Resource Set

    Instructional Overview

    The instructional overview includes instructional background for comparing and contrasting, instructional objectives for each of the Book Club meetings, and a list of the materials and preparation necessary to host The Candymakers Book Club.
    Common Core 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 SL.5.6 W.5.8 W.5.9
    TEKS Alignment:

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

    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 Comparing and Contrasting

    Kick off this candy-themed Book Club with a fun activity to introduce comparing and contrasting. Sampling some sweet treats and using the results to complete a Venn diagram preps students for the work they will do using Wendy Mass's The Candymakers.

    Meeting #2: Identifying Character Traits Using Thoughts, Dialogue, and Actions

    Before students can begin comparing and contrasting the four contestants, they need to get-to-know each one. This The Candymakers Book Club meeting focuses on how to identify character traits using the thoughts, dialogue, and actions of the characters.

    Meeting #3: Comparing Character Traits

    Now that students are familiar with each of the characters, they can begin to look for similarities and differences between them. The continued use of a graphic organizer to track character traits will keep student thinking focused while reading The Candymakers by Wendy Mass.

    Meeting #4: Comparing and Contrasting Settings

    Author Wendy Mass created a variety of rooms in the Life Is Sweet Candy Factory that come to life for readers. As students compare and contrast the various settings in The Candymakers, they will see how the different details of each location help to support the plot and move the story along.

    Meeting #5: Comparing and Contrasting Events

    Told from four different perspectives, The Candymakers is perfect for focusing on comparing and contrasting story events. Discussion during this meeting explores the foursome's first meeting from each individual character's perspective.

    Meeting #6: Analyzing How Character Relationships are Built Through Similarities and Differences

    Dig deeper into the relationships between each of the characters during this The Candymakers Book Club meeting. Through the use of a targeted graphic organizer, students will see how the similarities and differences among characters support the story.

    Meeting #7: Analyzing How Characters Affect the Resolution

    As the fantastic foursome of characters works together to save the factory, students will discuss how author Wendy Mass used the commonalities and differences among the characters to affect the story's resolution.

    Meeting #8: Reflecting on Comparing and Contrasting

    This final The Candymakers Book Club meeting provides students with an opportunity to reflect on the comparing and contrasting work they completed. An interactive game allows students to put their learning into practice.

    The Candymakers Focus Assessment and Rubric

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

    The Candymakers Common Core Assessment

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

    The Candymakers Running Record

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

    The Candymakers Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy The Candymakers, it’s helpful to review new vocabulary used in the story. Either download The Candymakers 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.5.5c L.5.6
    TEKS Alignment:

    5.3A 5.3B 5.7E 5.7F

    The Candymakers Common Core Alignment

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

    TEKS Alignment

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

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