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: – Read a published model of a personal narrative.

– Identify characteristics of a personal narrative.

– Organize the main events of their narrative in sequence.

– Make a graphic organizer showing the sequence of events and related details.

Math: Estimate and measure lengths within the metric system.

– Find the perimeter of a figure.

– Find the area of rectangles and squares.

– Choose the best strategy to solve a problem.

Vocabulary: Study vocabulary words for test on Friday:



Sentence about Text

gnaws (p. 181)


Bob gnaws at his tail.

spacious (p. 189)

with lots of room

Bob thinks Ivan’s belly is spacious.

temperamental (p. 191)

sensitive; likely to change moods quickly

Bob thinks Ivan is a temperamental artist.

monstrosity (p. 197)

something that is huge and not nice to look at

The billboard is a monstrosity.

sullenly (p. 200)


Ruby walks sullenly during the show.

disarray (p. 211)

not in order

Ivan’s paintings are on the oor in disarray.

coincidence (p. 215)

something that happens by chance or by accident

George thinks Ivan’s word might be a coincidence.

publicity (p. 218)

attention with the public

A billboard brings publicity.

principle (p. 220)

doing the right thing

It is a matter of principle.

protestors (p. 235)

people who are not in favor of something

The protestors carry signs in the parking lot.

Science: – Recognize that energy can change forms.

– Recognize that electricity can be produced by energy transformations of different kinds.

Social Studies: – Unit 4 Round-Up

– Discover our neighbors to the North

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

– Read about the Tower of Babel and complete.

– Create scenes that reflect Peter’s denial of Jesus and the related consequences of guilt.

Jesus said to her, “Woman, I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me, will live, even though they die.” John 11:25



MATH: Reteach page 206


VOCABULARY: Handout, Number 5

MATH: Homework Practice page 83


MATH: Homework Practice page 84

ENGLISH: page 127


MATH: Homework Practice page 85

VOCABULARY: Study Vocabulary

Objectives and Homework for May 29 – June 2, 2017
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