The One and Only Ivan: We’re onto our final class novel; The One and Only Ivan. We are thoroughly enjoying it so far. Be sure to ask you child what chapters we’ve covered and discussed each week.

Winner of the Newbery Medal and a #1 New York Times bestseller!

This stirring and unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendships. Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated novel is told from the point-of-view of Ivan himself.

Having spent 27 years behind the glass walls of his enclosure in a shopping mall, Ivan has grown accustomed to humans watching him. He hardly ever thinks about his life in the jungle. Instead, Ivan occupies himself with television, his friends Stella and Bob, and painting. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, he is forced to see their home, and his art, through new eyes.

The One and Only Ivan was hailed as a best book of the year by Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Amazon, demonstrating it is a true classic in the making. In the tradition of timeless stories like Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little, Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan’s unforgettable first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope. An author’s note depicts the differences between the fictional story and true events.

Some of the learning objectives (or WALT as we refer to them in Grade 4; We Are Learning To) and questions that we will cover while reading are:

  • Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions). Compare and contrast the points of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.
  • How does point of view contribute to the authenticity of a story? Write an explanatory text telling how the author uses point of view in the book and how you as the reader were impacted.
  • How do authors develop characterization, and how does characterization enhance the reader’s understanding of the character’s personality?
  • How does the author use figurative language through the character’s eon?

English: – Identify prepositions and prepositional phrases.

Math: – Choose the best strategy to solve a problem.

– Review for Chapter 10 Math Test on Friday

VOCABULARY: Study vocabulary words for test on Friday.


unsuspecting (p. 123)


Ivan’s unsuspecting father does not know what he and Tag are doing

tolerant (p. 123)

able to put up with

The big gorilla is tolerant with the babies

scowl (p. 126)

an unpleasant expression

Ivan’s father wears a scowl on his face

glamorous (p. 132)

exciting and attractive

At rst, Ivan lives a glamorous life in the human world

dignity (p. 142)


Ivan tries to move with dignity

dozing (p. 154)


Ruby is dozing after a long day of training

encouraging (p. 159)

inspiring con dence

Ivan tries to be encouraging to Julia.

scornful (p. 162)

full of dislike

Bob’s laugh is scornful

amends (p. 166)

to make right

The humans want to make amends to the animals

annoyance (p. 176)


Ruby shows annoyance with the ropes around her feet

Science: – Compare the effects of a magnet and an electric current on a compass.

– Compare the properties of magnets with those of electromagnets.

– Recognize the usefulness of magnets, electromagnets, generators, and motors.

Social Studies: – Identify and describe our Central American neighbors.

– Discover the links between Central America and Cayman.

Bible: – Study Bible verse for Friday. Parents, please encourage your child to study their Bible verse every week. These do impact their Bible grades.

– Determine that sins are committed in thoughts, word, and action.

– Explain why rationalizing sin is wrong.



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ENGLISH: page 121

MATH: Homework Practice page 76 1-2, 5-6


MATH: Study for Chapter 10 Test

VOCABULARY: Study Vocabulary


MATH: Study for Chapter 10 Test

VOCABULARY: Study Vocabulary

Objectives and Homework for May 16-18, 2017
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