“Real-Life Lessons You Can Relate To!”
by Traci Swain
Thinking of using Ramona Quimby, Age 8 in your classroom? Watch Michele Lambraia’s exclusive teacher review to discover the fun lessons she uses to teach Beverly Cleary’s beloved classic to her fourth graders.
“Do you really think Ramona wanted them to ‘jump in a lake’?”
Michele Lambraia’s fourth graders from George Washington School in West Hempstead, New York, crack up at how Ramona uses dramatic idioms to express her emotions in Ramona Quimby, Age 8! Watch Michele’s teacher review to discover how this hilarious kid-favorite story is actually perfect for starting conversations about figurative language, home life, and social issues.
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 Class Activity
Here is an activity that invites students to practice thinking about similarities and differences by creating a Venn diagram. Here’s how you can try it in your own classroom:
1. Print out the worksheet and make a copy for each student.
2. Ask students to recall facts about Ramona from the story. Include details about her family and community.
3. Have students compare each Ramona fact with their own lives and decide if they are the same or different, and list the fact on the Venn diagram worksheet.
Special thanks to the kids in Michele Lambraia’s fourth grade class for trying it out! Here are some examples of them having fun with this activity.
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