The One and Only Ivan: We finished our final class novel; The One and Only Ivan.  This is quite a bittersweet moment for us, because we enjoyed the book so much that we didn’t want to see it end, but at the same time, we were constantly wanting to read more. Do you feel our distress? 😉

Below, you’ll find the instructions for our book report project:

Cereal Box Book Report Project

We finished The One and Only yesterday! This term, students will need to create a cereal box book report at home. Students will decorate a real cereal box with illustrations and information related to The One and Only Ivan using the directions below.

FRONT OF THE BOX: Use a piece of white or light colored paper to cover the front of your cereal box. (You will probably want to create the cover before gluing it on your box. Invent a name for the cereal that is related to the title of the book and sounds like a cereal.) Do not use the exact title of the book. You may want to look at some real cereal boxes to get some ideas. Choose a shape for the cereal as well as colors and ingredients that all relate to the book. For example, for the book The One and Only Ivan, you might invent a cereal called Ivan Crunch, a toasted oat cereal in the shape of miniature gorillas.


RIGHT SIDE OF BOX: Make a list of ingredients that includes the story elements Characters and Setting. Under the heading “Ingredients,” list the main characters and write a sentence about each one. Then describe the setting. You can use the template on the attached sheet or cover the side with white or light colored paper and do it in your own way. Just make sure you include the main character and the setting.

LEFT SIDE OF BOX: Write a summary that describes the main problem and the solution of the book. Try words that will “grab” readers’ attention and make them want to buy your cereal. You can use the attached template or do this your own way. Please make sure that this is written in your own words.


BACK OF BOX: Design a game that is based on the story. It can be a puzzle, a word search, a word scramble, a maze, a crossword puzzle, a hidden picture illustration, or any other fun activity that might be found on the back of a cereal box. Make sure it includes information from the book.


TOP OF BOX: Include the title, author, number of pages, and number of stars you would give this book if you were a book critic. The maximum number of stars you would be 5. You can use the template or create the top of the box yourself as long as you include all of the things listed above.


PRIZE: Cereal boxes often include a prize. Your prize must be something the main character could have used in the book or something that reminds you of the main character. You can even include a picture of the prize on the front of your box to let the reader know what is inside the box.


ORAL PRESENTATION: This is due on June 21st and you will also be doing oral presentations on this day. Your presentation will be a 30-60 second ‘television commercial’. Practice your commercial to make sure of the wording and the timing. Do not just encourage the audience by using opinion words (exciting, great, interesting, best, good, etc.), but also by featuring elements of the book- scenes, facts, etc. Be dynamic and try to convince the audience (your classmates) to buy the cereal whether you liked the book or not. Optional: Be a character from the book when you present your commercial.


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: – Continue working on Personal Narratives.

Math: – Measure temperature and calculate changes in temperature.

– Chapter 11 Test

– Identify, write, and read fractions for part of a whole.

Vocabulary: Study vocabulary words for test on Friday:



Sentence about Text

retreats (p. 241)

pulls back; leaves

The doctor retreats when Ivan beats his chest.

survivor (p. 246)

one who succeeds despite hardship

George says Bob is a survivor.

determined (p. 256)

having a purpose

The people in white coats look determined.

contented (p. 268)

happy; satis ed

The gorillas on the TV are contented.

placid (p. 268)

peaceful; calm

The gorilla family is placid.

socialize (p. 275)

interact with others

Ivan is afraid to socialize with the other gorillas.

cower (p. 278)

crouch in fear

Ivan cowers when he is afraid.

relent (p. 282)

give in

Ivan relents when Maya calls him back to the glass cage.

habitats (p. 289)

environments; places to live

There are many habitats for different animals at the zoo.

beckoning (p. 296)


One of the keepers is beckoning to Ivan.

Science: – Describe the uses of chemical and mechanical energy and how chemical energy can be changed to other forms of energy.

– Identify the need for energy conservation.

Social Studies: – Identify the differences between communism and democracy.

– Identify links between the Cayman Islands and the USA.

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

– Answer questions on the topics of repentance, forgiveness, and restoration.

– Identify that God Incarnate is God in the flesh; Jesus.

The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” Matthew 20:31



MATH: Reteach page 215


MATH: Study Chapter 11



READING: Read for at least 30 minutes. Be prepared to discuss.

VOCABULARY: Study Vocabulary

Objectives and Homework for June 5-9, 2017
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