The One and Only Ivan Resource Set

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The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Katherine Applegate’s best-selling novel, The One and Only Ivan, celebrates the power of unexpected friendship. Inspired by the true story of a silverback gorilla who lived in a circus-themed mall in Washington state, this captivating story promises to be a favorite year after year. Through engaging students in deep conversations about character word choice and actions, readers will have the opportunity to explore the universal themes that make Ivan’s story so memorable.

Teach with The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Get everything you need to run a successful Book Club using The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

  • Interactive Lesson Plan for 5 Book Club Meetings Focusing on Determining Central Ideas or Themes of a Text
  • 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
Common Core Alignment
  • Main Pack: 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 RL.4.9 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
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    The One and Only Ivan Resource Set

    The One and Only Ivan 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 The One and Only Ivan 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: Introductory Materials and Exploration of the Glossary

    Examining the main character's actions, dialogue, feelings, and experiences in The One and Only Ivan will help lead the reader to discovering the theme that author Katherine Applegate presented in this novel.

    Meeting #2: Summarizing and Main Idea Supported with Details

    Using details from the text to support their summarization of the main idea is a critical skill for readers. During this The One and Only Ivan Book Club, students will develop this skill as it relates to tracking the main character.

    Meeting #3: How Characters’ Words and Actions Help Determine Theme

    This Book Club meeting for The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate dives deep into examining the main character's words and actions to discover the theme of the text. Students will continue to track important ideas and supporting details using a graphic organizer.

    Meeting #4: Identify the Central Message in a Text

    Students will work together to brainstorm possible themes for Katherine Applegate's The One and Only Ivan. By looking for connections between all of the students' ideas, the central message of the text will emerge.

    Meeting #5: Universal Themes

    Building on the theme work from the last The One and Only Ivan Book Club, students will take their thinking further by exploring universal themes for this text.

    The One and Only Ivan Focus Assessment and Rubric

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

    The One and Only Ivan Common Core Assessment

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

    The One and Only Ivan Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of The One and Only Ivan. 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 One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Resource Set for this book.

    The One and Only Ivan Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy The One and Only Ivan, it’s helpful to introduce words that might be new to readers. Either download The One and Only Ivan 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.4.4a L.4.5c L.4.6

    The One and Only Ivan Common Core Alignment

    List of the Common Core State Standards addressed by The One and Only Ivan Book Club Resource Set.

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