My oldest is a voracious reader. Most recently he has breezed through some pretty major books like, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Journey to the Center of the Earth. But he wasn’t always enthusiastic about books. He’s always been a good reader, but he didn’t like to read.
It wasn’t until we found some books and topics that really interested him that he took off on his own reading everything he could find. A couple of key book series and he was hooked. Ever since then, we cannot keep up with his reading and find ourselves searching for new and classic books all the time.
It has been the same way with my second son. He is a really great reader but it is a struggle to get him to read anything outside of his assignments. That is until we found the Stink series. These books are fun, which makes them easy to read and keep his interest.
We started with Stink, The Incredible Shrinking Kid and he loved it! And even though he doesn’t love doing papers, he enjoyed going through this book study. In fact, we are still working through it together. This book study is such a fun way to monitor their reading, check up on their comprehension skills and help encourage a love of reading.
Your kids might know some of these words, but do they know how to define them? Or use them in a sentence? Each of the seven chapters have a vocabulary page with two to four new words for kids to define. It is up to you how you want them to define the words (from a dictionary or online), which could be another lesson in itself.
After they define the words, they will choose one of them to use in a sentence. This is a great way to improve their sentence structure, punctuation and overall writing!
After the vocabulary worksheet, you’ll find a quiz for each chapter. This page will encourage reading comprehension. I recommend doing these as they finish each chapter or a couple at a time. This isn’t meant to be a test for the end of the book, but rather more of a progress ‘report’ as they continue to read. There is a final quiz at the end of the study to use when they complete the entire book.
I love using Venn diagrams. They are just another way to help kids see the similarities and differences in a topic or theme. In this study, students will compare Stink and his sister, Judy Moody. I also recommend doing this at the end of the study so they have the entire book to draw from for their answers.
This study also includes an acrostic poem, creative writing page, comparisons and a mini-study on James Madison. These final pages are a great way to wrap up the book study and get in a little more creativity and history too! You can even use some of these as jumping-off points to a bigger poetry study or a history unit on James Madison.
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Stink, the little brother of Judy Moody, is convinced he’s shrinking! One day he measures 1/4 of an inch shorter and he tries every which way to look like he’s growing. He only wishes he could ask his favorite president, James Madison. What will he do? Is he really shrinking? Find out in this amazing book and study!
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