The One and Only Ivan

Related Activities & Book Talk Teasers

Discussion Guide including extension activities:
http://files.harpercollins.com/HCChildrens/OMM/Media/OneAndOnlyIvan_DG_4.pdf

Ideas for going in depth with The One and Only Ivan over a four-week period:
http://globalreadaloud.wikispaces.com/Ivan+the+One+and+Only

Compare the American cover with the British cover.  Which do you like best and why?  (The website below shows both covers):
http://blog.schoollibraryjournal.com/afuse8production/2012/03/07/review-of-the-day-the-one-and-only-ivan-by-katherine-applegate/

Working with predictions for this book:
http://missmarcakis.edu.glogster.com/ivan/

Journaling about the book:
http://iressib.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-one-and-only-ivan-our-reading.html

Discussion prompts for the book:
http://pvroom121.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-one-and-only-ivan-our-1st.html
http://ponderosafirstgraders.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-one-and-only-ivan-katherine.html

Create an ideal zoo enclosure for your chosen animal (information about making the enclosure follows information about the real Ivan in the video, below):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ai_fqRfujks  (4:07 minutes)

Creating six-word stories for this book:
http://trackermaxx.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-one-and-only-ivan-6-word-stories.html

A mock “Free Ruby” protest rally with signs:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nghWAzRbsm0  (29 seconds)

Gorilla activities:
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/apes/gorilla/Quiz.shtml
http://www.billybear4kids.com/animal/whose-toes/word-search/print/gorilla.html
http://koko.org/about/endangeredspeciesday/esd2008/pdfs/wordjumble.pdf

Elephant activities:
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/themes/elephants.shtml
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/books/animals/elephant/  (scroll down)

Zoo activities:
http://www.busybeekidscrafts.com/Safari-Crafts-For-Kids.html

Animal communication activities:
http://goo.gl/0q2zv

 

Book Talk Teasers 

Some quotes from the book to read aloud as teasers:
http://www.books4fun.co.uk/?p=1159

Explain to your audience that the character telling the story is a large, adult male gorilla who lives at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall.  His best friends are an elephant in the next “domain” (cage) named Stella and a stray dog named Bob.  The mall owner is Mack, who is having trouble making money with the Big Top Mall.  Then read the chapter entitled “Arrival,” pages 68-70.

One thought on “The One and Only Ivan

  1. Hi there
    As well as the 6 words stories my students also became Ivan and Stella and created diary entry blogs. This was probably the best activity we undertook and I was amazed at how well they were able to portray the feeling of each character they took on. Each child has their own website and their own blog. Here is a sample of the blogs they produced.

    http://maple-ad.weebly.com/ivan.html

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