Because of Winn-Dixie

by becky on March 24, 2012

Hi Blog land! What a crazy few days in my world. Luckily crazy = busy and not crazy = insane. 🙂 I’m having a hard time staying focused on school with the INSANELY beautiful weather we’ve been having. I keep feeling like school should be ending soon, but alas, two more months. At least I have Spring Break to look forward to in a few weeks.

As far as the going-ons in my classroom, my goobers and I have been busy doing a TON of projects. I hope to soon post my IL supplement unit, and a craftiviity or two. But until then, I am excited to finally post my Because of Winn-Dixie Literacy Unit!

When it comes to novel studies, Because of Winn-Dixie is definitely one of my favorites. If I were Queen of the World, I’d eliminate the basal and ONLY do novel studies. I mean, if you think about it, if your district wants you to ONLY teach from the basal, then your students may never read an entire quality novel from beginning to end. Sad.

Moving on~ I’ve been teaching this novel EVERY year I’ve been teaching and even in my 9th year, I am still finding new ways for my students to enjoy this story. Here is a pictorial break down of some of the activities in my unit!


During the novel. I start one of the above writing projects. They are a little too involved to do both in one year. Luckily, my FAVORITE “Team”mate helped me out and had her kiddos complete the “Create Your Own Candy” project. Cute? Definitely!

In the unit download, I was having a hard time cropping the “During Reading Activities” pics, but you WILL get the “Clever Candy Creations” letters for your own bulletin board! 🙂

My Goobers completed the “10 Things We Learned About Our Classmates” Project. Included in the download is the template for the body. The rest I left up to my kids. I know I could have created clothes and hair templates, but I think for 4th graders they can handle their own designs. In fact, as you’ll see below, one of my kiddos created the CUTEST sandals for her project. LOVE.

 We LOVE games in my classroom, and this one was no different! 🙂

If you are interested in purchasing this unit for your classroom, click the picture below and snag a copy from my Teachers Pay Teachers store.


{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Heather March 24, 2012 at 8:20 pm

I love Kate Dicamillo! My favorite by her is The Maraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.


Becky March 24, 2012 at 9:48 pm

I’ve actually never read that book. I guess I know what my next read will be. 🙂


Heather - another one :-) March 25, 2012 at 3:33 pm

This looks great. I just put on my wishlist. I think it would be great to do early next year.


Irene April 22, 2012 at 2:48 am

Hi Becky,
I am a second grade teacher in Plymouth, MA. I am big fan of Kate DiCamillo as well. I read The Tale of Desperaux, Edward Tulane, and Winn Dixie as read alouds. I was looking for an activity to go along with Because of Winn Dixie to practice interviewing skills. I am new Pinterest…now addicted! I loved your idea and bulletin board. Please see my blog (also new) . I want to thank you for pinning your idea to Pinterest. We are going to write “All About” books called “Ten Things I Know About My Mother” hopefully by Mother’s Day. I did this last year and they were so cute.
You may also take a peek at my website:
Thanks again for sharing!


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