The Wild Robot Resource Set

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The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

Imagine awakening and nothing looks familiar to you; not your surroundings nor the animal inhabitants of the remote island you find yourself on. This is exactly what happens to Roz, a robot who washes ashore when the cargo ship carrying her sinks at sea. The suspenseful story of Roz’s survival will engage students from the first pages, making it an ideal choice for a Book Club focused on determining theme. Through both text and illustrations, author Peter Brown shares meaningful messages of family relationships, the importance of helping each other, and caring for the earth.

Teach with The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

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

  • Interactive Lesson Plan for 7 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
Common Core Alignment
  • Main Pack: 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 Wild Robot 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 The Wild Robot 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 Theme

    This first The Wild Robot Book Club meeting sets the expectations for student participation and introduces the concept of theme. Beginning with determining the themes of stories that your students are familiar with, will help readers grasp this sometimes difficult concept.

    Meeting #2: Summarizing the Text

    An important skill in determining the theme of a novel such as The Wild Robot by Peter Brown, is being able to summarize the text. The hands-on activity presented in this meeting will have students identifying summaries that are brief, correct, and objective. Students will then work with a graphic organizer to support their own summary writing as they read independently.

    Meeting #3: Identifying How Authors Develop Theme

    When readers are trying to determine the theme of the text, they need to be able to notice the clues the author includes related to the characters, setting, and story events. This The Wild Robot Book Club meeting encourages readers to notice how author Peter Brown uses these elements to support an identified theme of the book.

    Meeting #4: Determining Theme Using Character Thoughts, Dialogue, and Actions

    Now that students have an understanding of how authors weave theme throughout their writing, they can dig deeper into each of the elements presented in Peter Brown's The Wild Robot. This Book Club meeting focuses on identifying how the characters' thoughts, dialogue and actions can be used to determine the theme of a text.

    Meeting #5: Supporting Theme with Setting

    Readers will begin to uncover how the setting supports the determination of theme in The Wild Robot by Peter Brown during this meeting. Discussion focuses on identifying specific aspects of the setting and how those details tie directly to the pre-determined theme.

    Meeting #6: Supporting Theme with Story Events

    Author Peter Brown uses the story events to help support the identification of the important themes he incorporated throughout The Wild Robot. This meeting provides guidance for students to be able to analyze the events of the story (i.e. what happens, when, and why) to determine the bigger idea that the author is trying to share.

    Meeting #7: Discovering Multiple Themes

    This final The Wild Robot Book Club meeting gives students the opportunity to share their learning related to determining theme in a creative way. The final discussion and culminating activity encourage students to determine a theme on their own and support it with details from the text.

    The Wild Robot Focus Assessment and Rubric

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

    The Wild Robot Common Core Assessment

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

    The Wild Robot Running Record

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

    The Wild Robot Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy The Wild Robot, it’s helpful to review new vocabulary used in the story. Either download The Wild Robot 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 Wild Robot Common Core Alignment

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

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