The Invisible Boy Book Activities
Suppose you are looking for activities for The Invisible Boy with engaging and effective reading comprehension lessons. In that case, you’ve landed in the right spot. You will find lesson plans for one of my favorite picture books.
This is a great book to discuss the power of a simple act of kindness. This book works so well, regardless of your grade level. The Invisible Boy opens the door to whole-group discussions about what it means to feel invisible.
This blog post will highlight some of The Invisible Boy activities you can do with your class.
The Invisible Boy Book Summary
The Invisible Boy by author Trudy Ludwig is a touching story. In the book, we meet Brian, a quiet and artistic boy who often goes unnoticed in his bustling classroom.
As we step into Brian’s shoes (or, instead, sneakers), we witness his world through his eyes. He’s the quiet observer, the thoughtful artist who’s constantly sketching his surroundings. But amidst his peers’ loud chatter and bustling interactions, Brian’s presence seems to blend into the background.
But with the arrival of a new kid, Justin, Brian offers him kindness when other students make fun of Justin’s lunch at lunchtime. Justin sees Brian’s talents and extends a hand of friendship. Through Justin’s kindness, Brian feels visible and valued.
The Invisible Boy is a powerful story about the significance of empathy, friendship, and the impact of small acts of kindness. It’s a reminder that even the quietest voices hold immense value, and it teaches young readers about embracing differences and creating an inclusive environment.
So, whether you’re looking for a heartwarming story or activities that promote social-emotional learning, The Invisible Boy is a must-have addition to your teaching toolkit. Get ready to inspire young hearts with this beautiful tale!
This sweet story is an excellent mentor text as well. Patrice Barton’s illustrations show how color choices convey meaning! I love using books in different ways, don’t you?
Reading Comprehension Questions with The Invisible Boy
We included the story of Brian and his good friend, Justin, in our interactive read-aloud close reading lessons because it touched our hearts the first time we read it.
An interactive read-aloud asks us to read the book multiple times. The teacher does the decoding, and the students, through discussion questions, make a deeper connection with the story.
The Invisible Boy Making Predictions
Predicting is an essential reading comprehension strategy. It lets learners use information from the text to guess what might unfold in the story.
When they’re making predictions, they imagine what could come next in the text, drawing from what they already know. Here is the prompt for this story:
- Mrs. Carlotti asks the students to get into partners. Emilio tells Brian to find a new partner. What do you think will happen next?
The Invisible Boy Retelling the Story
Retelling packs a punch when boosting children’s vocabulary and grasp of stories, even those with trickier sentence structures. As students retell tales, they showcase how well they pick up on how stories are put together. Young children also practice using transition words as they talk to their reading partners.
First, we organized the story sequencing cards as a whole class activity. Students can glance at the anchor chart if they need support when retelling the story.
Making Connections with The Invisible Boy
Being able to make connections is all about linking what you already know with fresh knowledge and experiences. This lets students tie together what they read, witness, engage in, and encounter with their lives and the world they’re a part of.
Here are a few second grade response samples.
The Invisible Boy Opinion Writing Prompt
One reading response activity we include in just about every one of our storybook companions is an opinion writing activity. Kindergarten students might discuss the prompt with their partners and illustrate their thoughts. You can see this response sample is from a second-grade classroom.
The Invisible Boy Craft Activity
Each student contributes to make this bulletin board display.
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The Invisible Boy Read Aloud Video
To do an interactive read-aloud, you must have the book. You can borrow a copy if you don’t have The Invisible Boy in your classroom library.
Because you read and re-read the story each day, it is nice to give yourself a little break towards the end of the week. A video version of the book is a great way to rest your voice and provide another model of reading fluency for your students.
Free Editable Lesson Plan Template
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